Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Interesting science facts about intelligence

It is very difficult to define intelligence since intelligence encompasses different capacities of our mind, such as to plan, to give reason, to solve different problems, etc.

Intelligence includes not only wisdom and quick thinking, but also creativity, personality, character, and of course our total knowledge.

The word intelligence comes from the Latin verb "intellegere", which means "to understand".

Some say that intelligence can be measured while majority agrees that IQ tests can tell us the level of our intelligence.

IQ tests that have lately become so popular to measure our intelligence were originally used to identify mentally "defective" children that needed special school programs.

There are lot of controversies about traditional IQ tests, and many agree that they cannot be the guide to how person is going to cope with everyday's life.

Some studies suggested how IQ is the product of interaction between multiple genes.

Genetic factor is very important and has a significant impact on IQ results.

Some genetic experiment on animals have showed that genetic engineering could be used to enhance the intelligence of animals, for instance genetically engineering mices have demonstrated superior ability in learning and memory skills in various behavioral tasks compared to "normal mices".

Intelligence involves processing new information and then making associations with other information that individual encounters throughout life.

Intelligence is strongly influenced by the quality of the brain's axons, or wiring that sends signals throughout the brain. The faster the signaling, the faster the brain processes information, resulting in better intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is term mostly used to describe intelligence of computers and other machines.

Human beings solve most of their problems using quick, intuitive judgments rather than the conscious, step-by-step deduction that would five more comprehensive results.

Artificial intelligence is becoming better and better but is still not good enough to totally replicate human intelligence.


Sangeeth Mohan April 8, 2011 at 3:42 AM  

It was very informative.......