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Big-picture thinking: A new measure of intelligence

There exists a huge gap in practical intelligence among the so-called “smartest” people in our society.  Observing the various realms of science, medicine, experts and world events, we’ve concluded that our modern definition of “intelligence” (IQ) is seriously lacking.

Seeing the big picture with new intelligenceWhat’s lacking in these so-called “smart” people is the ability to see the bigger picture by assimilating information from a large number of seemingly unrelated sources. Or, stated in another way, even some of the most high-IQ people around can’t see the big picture because they get lost in the details.

From Mike Adams | Natural News

Memorization is not intelligence

See, the very concept of “intelligence” in our society is way off the mark. It isn’t intelligent to be able to memorize and regurgitate a huge number of facts and figures, yet this is precisely the measure of academic aptitude assessed in modern educational systems — especially in law school and medical school. To function as a crude human database of facts and figures is not very useful in an age where handheld computers and mobile computing devices can do the same thing.

But what computers and search engines can’t accomplish — something that is uniquely reserved for intelligent species — is the ability to assimilate information into a larger picture. It is, in other words, the ability to “connect the dots” and see patterns and trends in what might seem like chaos to others.

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My favorite physicist Richard Feynman was an especially gifted pattern assimilator. He was able to look far beyond the conventional boundaries of particle physics and grasp many of the non-intuitive interconnections between matter, energy and the nature of reality itself.

A few people are able to see the story behind the story. These people are the “meta-analyzers” of the world around them. They have what I call a “wide angle view” (a big picture view) where they can bring in observational data from a very large data set of observable events in order to infer greater understanding of the world around them.

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Seeing the bigger picture doesn’t make you more popular

There are many genius-level pattern assimilators in our world. They are rarely recognized for their talents, however. If anything, those who “get” the big picture are often derided or criticized for doing so. Connecting too many dots, it seems, is dangerous for your reputation. Those who have the most success in the sciences (in particular), are the ones who keep their heads down and focus on their own tiny little corner of study without asking any of the really big questions like, “Hey, where did this grant money really come from?”

The most promising and fascinating area of human discovery about to be achieved, in my opinion, relates to the superposition of quantum physics and human consciousness. This will result in a paradigm-shattering shift in understanding the nature of our reality, with ripple effects that resound throughout our modern world. Once Earth’s people come to realize, for example, that matter is consciousness (and that all consciousness is connected), the implications will require profound rethinking of things such as compassion for animals, religious beliefs and self identity. This is the really exciting stuff that’s headed our way.

But we’ll never get to a higher understanding of consciousness if we remain “experts” limited to our tiny alcoves of knowledge. To really function as intelligent members of a race that has been advertised as “advanced,” we must expand not just the depth of our knowledge but the breadth of our understanding.

And that, of course, means understanding the interconnectedness of our being-ness. It is the interconnectedness that really matters, quite literally (ahem).

The most promising and fascinating area of human discovery about to be achieved, in my opinion, relates to the superposition of quantum physics and human consciousness. This will result in a paradigm-shattering shift in understanding the nature of our reality, with ripple effects that resound throughout our modern world. Once Earth’s people come to realize, for example, that matter is consciousness (and that all consciousness is connected), the implications will require profound rethinking of things such as compassion for animals, religious beliefs and self identity. This is the really exciting stuff that’s headed our way.

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2 Responses to “Big-picture thinking: A new measure of intelligence”
  1. Jesse Acrey says:

    Thanks- I love it – a new way to think about “who’s smart and who’s not.”

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