In Concepts of Intelligence we start out with a discussion about “Polyglottism” (or “Polyglotism”). We learn that it is the ability to speak at least three languages in addition to one’s native tongue. We meet several hyper-polyglots, or people with the ability to speak 10 languages or more. As we progress we also learn that there are certain similarities between so-called “Mad Men” and those afflicted with mental illnesses; and group not so highly disparaged—highly creative individuals. The common factors between them include creative projects and fantasy proneness; creative ability.
Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematician, John Forbes Nash and Beat Generation poet Jack Kerouac are in the schizophrenic diagnostic. “The Theory of Multiple Intelligences” was proposed by psychologist Howard Gardner, a disbeliever in the concept of IQ or (“g”) and the measure or “mismeasure” of intelligence.
While writing the essays that would eventually be incorporated in to Concepts of Intelligence, I noticed the problem of logical continuity. How should I follow “The Mozart Effect”? Or, for that matter, how did I precede it? The latter thought put me correctly in context. I decided I would proceed in the most functional and convenient way possible. There is no “logical progression” in Concepts of Intelligence because there is no logical need for it. Instead, I have “logically” or—otherwise—presented you with a motley crew of virtually independent concepts.
I cover a limited spectrum (excuse the oxymoron) in Concepts of Intelligence yet I may “fall [a bit] short.” But not really! Concepts of Intelligence is meant to be a “primer,” not a primary textbook.
I discuss certain aspects of genetics in the second essay of Concepts of Intelligence, entitled “Birth Order and Intelligence.” The concept of the “intelligence gene” is given “extended coverage" in chapter 29: “Intelligence, Genetics, and Environment.” The “nature versus nurture” (” genetics versus environment”) debate continues and the elusive intelligence gene remains “at large.” Undoubtedly it exists yet there may be many thousands of genes that contribute to our cognitive functions.
Discovery and Creativity march forward with us at our own measured pace. We are, indeed the “center of the universe.” Investigate, study, understand and enlighten us.