The silliness starts off slowly:
INTELLIGENCE has enabled humans to reach for the moon, cure disease and generally dominate this small blue dot of a planet. Arriving at a working definition of intelligence still defeats it, however.Alison George, “D’oh! Why human beings aren’t as intelligent as we think” at New Scientist
A working definition of intelligence defeats us for the same reasons as a working definition of beauty defeats us. Once abstractions become instantiated, they are laden with particulars. That does NOT mean that the idea is without meaning.
But the New Scientist approach is to go on and deny that any such thing as significantly different human intelligence exists:
In our unusually big and well-connected brains, general intelligence has morphed into special talents for abstract thinking, detailed forward planning, understanding the minds of others and insight – those “aha!” moments when we connect cause and effect.
But we shouldn’t get blown away by our supposedly superior abilities: we share virtually all our intelligence skills with close animal relatives. “Humans are limited by our size, our evolutionary history,” …Alison George, “D’oh! Why human beings aren’t as intelligent as we think” at New Scientist
To hear more, you would have to send them money. Don’t trip and hurt yourself while rushing to find your credit card.
See also: The real reason why only human beings speak. Language is a tool for abstract thinking—a necessary tool for abstraction—and humans are the only animals who think abstractly. (Michael Egnor)
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