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In this methodical discussion, Professor Michael E. Martinez defines intelligence, reviews how humans have codified and studied it through history, and explains its theoretical and biological foundations. He addresses the mechanical – like how synapses work – and the hypothetical, such as the nature of nonhuman and artificial intelligences. He even explains how to increase your intelligence. The subject requires Martinez to make fine distinctions and discuss scholarly articles, so readers may find the result slow going. That caveat aside, getAbstract recommends his insights as food for thought for readers interested in human intelligence, education, testing and societal trends.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How theories define and explain intelligence,
  • Where intelligence originates, and
  • How you can improve your intelligence.
 

About the Author

Michael E. Martinez is the former vice chair of the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine. He specialized in enhancing intelligence and improving education.

 

Summary

The Meaning and Importance of Intelligence
Intelligence is key to 21st century success, and the market demand for it is only increasing. Computers excel at routine functions, but the “human intellect” solves problems. Your mind excels at integrating and applying large masses of information...

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    Luis Ibanez 1 month ago
    We need the two types of described intelligence crystalline and fluid but always supported by wisdom.
    It is not surprising that wisdom is not mention as it self is a improbable conceptualize concept for raining and evaluated.
    As such Future Bright is beautiful book!
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    Nao Kameyama 1 month ago
    "Prenatal exposure to alcohol, smoking or toxins can lower intelligence..."?Is it time for me to stop having good beer?...and this question shows my IQ level...
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    Tay David 3 months ago
    Intelligent must always couple with inner drive and proper guidance.
    the summary concise the various type of intelligent in very short paragraph, but the depth to proper understand intelligent is more than a few pages of words.
    using big words does not prove to be really intelligent, able to write and explain intelligent in simple layman will be excellent
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    Aik Kia Khaw 3 months ago
    This book has defined intelligence well, but I feel there is a higher level called wisdom which is a combination of knowledge and experience. Wisdom is something that helps us make decisions.
    #getLearning #getAbstract
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    Wendy Nicholls 3 months ago
    A very good summary highlighting the differences between the different intelligences and how to develop them, thank you.
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    Gboyega Olorunfemi 3 months ago
    #getlearning #getabstract

    This is a very wonderful piece to read, and I have learned a whole lot from the reading as usual. Not outrightly for the prize but for an enriching engagement with the authors thought and brilliance while keeping eyes at the price anyways. One thing: That High IQ correlates with desirable life outcomes, such as good health and longevity want to make me ask are good health and longevity predictable?

    Now I am able to identify the cognitive nexus between crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence. And I ask if the author (or we) could identify the threshold at which fluid intelligence (FI) declines with the aid of BIG DATA? The author also was spot on highlighting that FI, as the fundamental building block of our cognitive enhancement should deserve our interest and our attention and this is my point. It should not be seen to diminish as we get older, No.

    Let me quote the author "Aside from learning how to think intelligently, what’s clearly important is developing the habit of doing so" all the different types of intelligence resonates with me. I have read about GRIT as one of the trait that make other people become more successful than the other especially the work of Angela Duckworth, then Mindset as recorded by Carol Dweck Ph.D and Habit as represented by Charles Duhigg and up to Malcom Gladwell in his Outliers.

    All of this may have offered us critical pathways to success but with Future Bright, the place of "intelligence" cannot be wished away. Thank you for the opportunity to read. And I like more conversations on my perspective here since it is evident the evolution of human transformation remains constant.
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      Chong Park 3 months ago
      Hi Gboyega, I like your question regarding BIG DATA as I am a strong believer in a 'do it yourself' experienced world and would guess that a future with AI and analyzed data would present us the outcomes without (most of) us going through a process of experiencing and digesting. What impact might that have?
      Thanks for your comments.
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    Eugen Tache 3 months ago
    super!
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    Vivek Sammanwar 3 months ago
    A good read, lot of stuff is relevant and I could relate to.
    #getLearning #getAbstract
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      Gboyega Olorunfemi 3 months ago
      Same here
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    Tyler Meinecke 3 months ago
    This was a good one. I'd be interested if there is any mentioning about more intuitive brains vs more 'sensing' brains. It's easy to discern the difference in people who fall on either end of the spectrum.
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      Gboyega Olorunfemi 3 months ago
      You open the narratives further and I like the drive. The discuss on intelligence seems broader with demographic perspectives... I look forward to learning more
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    J White 3 months ago
    Different racial groups score differently on IQ tests, but it is not clear if these differences spring from genetic or environmental factors.

    Is it possible that the differences in scores is based on the testing method? If IQ is a test based on comparison from one person to another, and you're asking questions which is a part of one individual's learning, but not a part of the other individual's learning, they would always get that question wrong. Fluid intelligence presupposes that you have some basis to make the bigger problem smaller.

    #getLearning #getAbstract
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      Gboyega Olorunfemi 3 months ago
      Great contributions from you. How do feel to read that fluid intelligence declines as aging sets in? Knowing that it is the building block of our cognitive enhancement. #GetLearning
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    Chong Park 3 months ago
    In our busy societies, it seems to me that adapting to change and understanding the 'big picture' by breaking it down to workable pieces ('fluid') before analyzing them in a systematic way ('crystallized') becomes crucial to cope with the unpredictable future.
    Without a constant mindset for learning I would feel lost.
    Thanks for the summary.

    #getLearning #getAbstract
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      Gboyega Olorunfemi 3 months ago
      Hi Chong, you were spot with your stylistics, I can't agree less as we #getlearning
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    Beth Silverman Hymowitz 3 months ago
    Great synopsis that dispels the idea that IQ is the only part of your intelligence and that the combination of Fluid and Crystallized knowledge really help humans maintain and grow their brains.

    As an adult, it's nice to know that my brain can still function and grow!
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      J White 3 months ago
      Yes, Yes, yes!
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      Gboyega Olorunfemi 3 months ago
      Absolutely.

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