Intelligence is so much more than IQ.
Intelligence is our capacity to create patterns of response
that actually work.
It includes all the capacities we use to solve problems and
conflicts, to recognize opportunities and dangers, to create ideas
and initiatives, to sustain healthy relationships and lives, and
to respond in every other way that works.
We can think of intelligence as a whole toolbox of capacities
we use to continually create a "fit" between ourselves
and the world around us. On the one hand, we often change our
ideas, our desires, and our lives to better fit the conditions
we encounter. On the other hand, we also change the world we live
in to better fit our ideas, our desires and our lives. The elegance
and success with which we do both of these things is the proper
measure of our intelligence.
Once we broaden our vision of intelligence, we realize that
groups, organizations and whole societies respond in workable
-- or unworkable -- ways. So they can be intelligent (or not)
just as individuals can.
Furthermore, the intelligence we apply can be merely clever
or it can be wise (more or less). It can also be more or less
in tune with the patterns and intelligences around it -- including
larger forms of intelligence that function in and beyond the natural
The more we explore this perspective on intelligence, the more
Many facets of this perspective are explored in the following
What is intelligence?