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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Virtue: Intelligence

In class on Wednesday we addressed whether or not we can improve our intelligence. Consider the following quotations:

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." --Albert Einstein

"We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought." --Bertrand Russell

Please comment on one or both of these quotations. Feel free also to use these quotations to discuss the original question: What is intelligence, and can one work to improve one's intelligence?

23 Comments:

Blogger samplestudent said...

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4:42 PM  
Blogger BrittanyL said...

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11:29 AM  
Blogger JeffN said...

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowlege but imagination. "~ Albert Einstein. Intelligence, according to the dictionary, is the capacity for an individual to learn and comprehend information. However, I myself, am more into imagination then reality so in my mind, Albert Einstein has made a true statement. Even though it does not entirely fit with the definition of intelligence, knowledge does not and should not entirely characterize an idividual. Someone who does not entirely have the capacity to learn all of the facts that some people do, can definately be an intelligent person, but in a different aspect of life.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Robn said...

A great inventor once said that potential inventors are unmade. He believed that the rigid, precedented standards that students are forced to adhere to in school destroy creativity and hinder development. Thinking within a regiment destroys a capacity to learn, because our limited to only that narrow and limited aspect of learning. All things are inherently multifaceted, students need either more free reign in what they learn or the way in which they learn it.

11:34 AM  
Blogger KerryL said...

I believe that the intelligence of a person cannot be changed with certain things, but in other ways it can be altered. Einstein's quote shows that the potential intelligence of any person cannot be judged by another person but if the person has enough imagination to change the intelligence pertainng to a certain topic, I believe it could happen. Each person has enough potential to be intelligent, they just have to have the will and determination to get to that certain point of intelligence.

11:34 AM  
Blogger KatieC said...

I agree with the quote of Albert Einstein. He said that intelligence is not simply knowledge but imagination. However, I still think that intelligence is both having knowledge and also having the gift of creativity. So its hard for me to really take a stand on this whole intelligence thing because there are so many categories that are intertwined with intelligence.

11:34 AM  
Blogger kerstinm3 said...

This quote is so very true "Intelligence is not knowledge but immagination"(Albert Einstein). Without immagination the world would be a plain, uneventful world. Do you measure someones intelligence by their amount of knowledge or immagination? Without knowledge would we have to have immagination?

11:34 AM  
Blogger AleF said...

Einstein said, "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." In my opinion, intelligence is the capacity to learn, not the amount of knowledge one has. Therefore, one's openness to and flexibility in learning is a large factor in one's intelligence. Anyone can memorize facts, but it takes creativity to analyze those facts and draw new conclusions from them--this is why Bloom's Taxonomy lists Synthesis, Analyzation, and Evaluation above Knowledge.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Raychel H said...

The quote by Albert Einstein, in my opinion, gives a great explaination of intelligence. I think that intelligence is not the amount of knowledge one contains, but instead how they put it to use. I think that this quote is a great explaination of this. Imagination is a thought process and that is what shows how someone's mind works and therefore how inteligent they are.

11:34 AM  
Blogger JocelynH said...

I'm not exactly sure on if someone can work to improve their intelligence, but I always thought that if you were either born intelligent or not so intelligent. Also, another question to come into consideration is what is intelligence? Is it overall common sense and street knowledge or is it more intellectual knowledge such as being good in a spellin bee or understanding the math homework really well. Albert Einstein's quote makes a lot of snese on saying that if some is intelligent, they were just born that way and there is nothing you can do to change it. However, you can study to find different ways to analyze something.

11:34 AM  
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11:34 AM  
Blogger JacobW said...

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
-Albert Einstein

This quote represents the idea that intelligence is the capacity and/or the ability that one posseses in order to expand their knowledge, as opposed to the popular oppinion that it is the amount of that knowledge.
-I love Ms. Kakos

11:34 AM  
Blogger KaiaN said...

Personally, I've always thought of intelligence as education and information, not necessarily wisdom or common sense. Because of that, I think you can acquire knowledge over time because the purpose of for example, discipline is to show someone that whatever they did was wrong and not to do that. There are unnumerable things that someone can learn that have nothing to do with tangible objects, like making friends, ect. ALSO, Einstiend's quote makes sense because if someone feels really comfortable with a concept, them taking it one step further will show that they understand it. Wow I feel like a nerd... haha.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth B. said...

I would agree with Albert Einstien that a person's imagination is the true sign of intelligence because with your imagination you can create the impossible. Yes, you do need knowledge,but you can gain that knowledge through schooling and trial and error. Imagination is not something you can improve, it's something that you are born with and you do not need knowledge to inspire it.

1:16 PM  
Blogger AleF said...

"We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought." --Bertrand Russell

Unfortunately, this is very true. The purpose of education is to teach both facts and ways of thinking, but the latter is much more important. One can look up just about any fact, but learning the ways to apply those facts is much more complex and takes years of schooling. What education often ends up accomplishing, though, is stuffing children's heads full of facts and neglecting to teach them how to deduce facts for themselves. This leads to stagnation and closemindedness--since the child never learned how to reach conclusions on his or her own, the child will grow up blindly accepting whatever facts he or she is fed. The child becomes an adult who is faithful to whatever opinion they have been taught is right, whether or not it actually is, because he or she has not been taught criticism and evaluation. This is what is called dying.

3:13 PM  
Blogger BrittanyL said...

Bertrand Russell is very right in that education is obstructing intelligence and freedom of thought. Today, education forces you to see the world through the filter of that teacher's point of view. All it is is memorizing someone elses work. Very rarely does school challenge you to think and come up with your own answers. Intelligence is being able to ask questions and find answers to them.

4:36 PM  
Blogger lindzd said...

Albert Einstein once said "Get smart, make art." It's true! I value my own unique imagination and imagination in general. I find that it shows more of person's wit and smarts that make them who they are and how they operate rather than an SAT or ACT test. That's just paper and questions others make to see how you meet their standards of the world's idea of "smart". Intelligence is valuable and even more when one knows how to use it to their ablilites, like imagination. That's what counts.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Cayleigh B said...

The quote by Einstein, in my opinion, is very true. It takes more than knowledge to be intelligent. Those that can take a blank piece of paper and do something creative with it, wether that being writing or drawing something, is just as smart as someone who can do well on a standardized test. Being original and being creative is an aspect of having intelligence.

6:54 PM  
Blogger KaiaN said...

So everybody's pretty much saying that yes, it is much more important in life to know about intangible things rather than information or facts, right? But what if that was all that mattered? Is it possible to life a happy, successful life if all you every grew up knowing was facts and scientific formulas? What if there was some kind of a formula for being nice or gaining respect? Could anyone live their life that way and be satisfied?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Katy L said...

I believe that intelligence is how we apply our knowledge to our daily lives. I beleive that the quote by Einstein is very true. You can get all A's in school, and not have any commen sense. I do believe that a person can improve their intelligence. Don't we learn something new everyday of our lives? I also believe that all people are born with intelligence, some people just decide to use their knowlege and prosper.

7:54 PM  
Blogger amandag said...

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination" ~Albert Einstein I believe that knowledge can be worked on. I know that in class many people had opposing views on INTELLIGENCE, but what about knowledge? Knowledge is a subcatagory of intelligence... but intelligence is NOT a subcatagory of knowledge. I think that some people confuse the two words... or get the wrong idea about what's a subcatagory of what. You can improve you knowledge, and therefor improve your intelligence... but INTELLIGENCE itself can not be improved... there are individual steps to achieve this.

12:59 PM  
Blogger meganJ said...

What is intellegence? I believe that this is truely a topic that can bring on totally different perspectives. Is intellegence how well you achieve in school, How good you are when it comes to problematic situations, how well you can play a sport? Really what is intellegence, and most importantly can it be improved? I believe there are numerous kinds of "intellegence" just like someone can obtain many talents. I think that intellegence itself could be categorized such as in different areas. There could be intellegence itself, knowledge of a subject and it could even include your imagination. Life is always a growing oppurtunity with so many up and downs, i do believe that knowledge can be improved and obtained as one journeys through life...therefore it is ever expanding.
Furthermore, it is a true believer in knowledge who said "The truest sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination"-Albert Einstein. I believe this quote is extrodinary because it's stating that everyone can have the basics of knowledge, sure we learn something every day, even if it is something as simple as don't forget to put socks on before your shoes, but to truly have knowledge would be to put faith into it, and rely more on your imagination. On something intangiable and MAKE things creative and MAKE things happen. Just like good ol' Albert did.

8:29 PM  
Blogger StaceyW said...

I like Albert Einstien's quote the most because imagination can aid to any kind of intelligence, no matter your personal definition. Even in school imagination can be used, in furtur understanding history, pretty much anything done in English, and solving those seemingly pointless word probelms in math.

2:45 PM  

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