As many of you may know, I love thinking. Pondering. I love reading. I like looking at situations from every side. And I have spent a lot of time thinking about intelligence. This blog was born from a Facebook link a friend of mine posted. And it tells those of us who love animals and spend good, quality time with them what we already know. That animals are smart. Really smart. And their smarts are different from ours.
There are many various types of intelligence. I’m a really good student. I can read, comprehend, learn a language, write a story, take a test.
I cannot fix my car. I don’t understand when something is wrong with it. I glaze over when someone talks to me about the mechanics of my car.
But I can sew. I can cut out a pattern and follow the directions and make clothing. And something I learned from living with a carpenter for several years, is that sewing and building are very similar. Different raw materials and different tools, but alike in many ways all the same. Prepare your pieces carefully, assemble them precisely – let them know who is the boss – and Voila! A new dress. A deck outside the slider.
And those math problems about Joe on a train going east and Sally on a train going west and riding to school on a bus or packing your lunch in a paper bag and the answer is blue and green? What? Huh? Je ne comprend pas. I don’t understand. I learned that in my French class. Where I excelled.
And I can cook. I know this because I made Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon. Reading, and again – the right raw materials, following directions. I can do that. Take a look at the recipe. I can definitely cook.
I spent many years as an advertising print production manager working with art directors, designers, printing press operators. All with very different kinds of intelligence. Me, the creative problem solver, the executor if you will. The art director/designer – the one with the idea and the vision. The press operator – the mechanic with ink-stained hands and an artist’s finesse.
I write all this to try to sell you on reading this fabulous essay I just read about intelligence. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Go ahead. It will only take you a couple of minutes.