The speed of our subconscious is such that we look at a situation and immediately we see what is required to provide a solution, without having to give the issue a second thought.
Intellectually, when we have to nut-out a problem, this will require us thinking consciously and working out what the answer may be. This is what happens when we are particularly dealing with equations, or pondering the meaning of words and methodically processing information to arrive at a conclusion, either through deductive or inductive logic.
Savants like Kim Peek (modelled upon by Dustin Hoffman in the film “Rain Man”) demonstrate amazing recall of what they have read. Recalling what has been read without actually utilizing that information for purposes of industry or progress in scientific advancement and understanding of life is not exercising intelligence. Unfortunately, too many individuals think regurgitating information is exercising intelligence.
Intelligence is the ability to process information and solve problems. People who are practiced as processing information and solving problems demonstrate they are exercising intelligence. Unfortunately, what is called an intelligence quotient is often overrated, because the tests done to achieve the ratings deal with specific criteria and do not take into account other significant factors that have to do with a person’s language or way of thinking. Culture plays a major part in intelligence tests and results, as does a person’s behavior—emotions, attitudes and character.
There is ample evidence that significant breakthroughs in scientific discovery have come by accident. And when it comes to creativity, Picasso said in respect to his genius:
I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideasWhen speaking of the talented painter Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse, Picasso said:
Matisse does a drawing, then he recopies it. He recopies it five times, ten times, each time with cleaner lines. He is persuaded that the last one, the most spare, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and yet, usually it’s the first. When it comes to drawing, nothing is better than the first sketch.When a person is assessed to having a low IQ, what is overlooked is that person probably thinks pictorially from within his or her subconsciousness rather than in abstract symbols consciously.
We Have Intelligence For A Reason But Tragically Most People Have Been Duped