What is Intelligence, Anyway?. Hyemin Jung 4/26/12 Kalpana Iyengar EN1313. What is Intelligence, Anyway?. What is Intelligence, Anyway?.
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What is Intelligence, Anyway?
In What is Intelligence, Anyway?, a science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov addresses the question of what intelligence really is to general readers without technical or scientific discussion of intelligence.
There is not an absolute quality or set of abilities we can call intelligence.
Asimov’s auto repairman
If the intelligence tests are made up by a carpenter or a farmer, Asimov would not be satisfied with the test result. In this way, there is more than one kind of intelligence, but intelligence is limited to only academic questions.
In the last part of story, Asimov gave the wrong answer with the repairman’s joke, while making scissoring motions to explain how the blind customer asked for scissors. Then repairman sarcastically commented that Asimov could not be very smart even though he could be intelligent.
According to Dr. Howard Gardner at Harvard University, Nine types of intelligence
Most people tend to focus on verbal intelligence, but we should know that we have all of different kinds of intelligence. There is only difference between which intelligence is stronger.