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I think of intelligence as the capacity of the mind's cognitive processes to function superbly or not so much. In psychology, intelligence is defined as the adaptation to the environment which probably makes sense too because I've read about a meta-analysis study from T. Strenze (2006) correlating intelligence - I think IQ was the method of measurement- to socioeconomic success in the general population. In this study, it was found that many people who didn't finish school or got a degree or were jobless were on the lower scale of intelligence. However IQ is just one way of measuring intelligence so Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligence (https://pages.uoregon.edu) would probably not fit the scope and breadth that IQ is measuring. Digits cannot sufficiently serve as the representation of complex and diverse capabilities of a human being. In Multiple Intelligence Theory, Gardner proposed seven and sometimes eight, different kinds of intelligence: (1) Bodily kinesthetic; (2) Interpersonal (3) Linguistic (4) Musical (5) Intrapersonal (6) Visual-Spatial (7) Mathematical. The last one, naturalistic ability, which is the ability to understand nature or the natural environment- is sometimes just a footnote in articles or entries about Gardner’s multiple intelligence. Expounding further, bodily kinesthetic is the ability to use the physical body well. An example of this is a baseball player hitting perfectly a whizzing, flying ball for a home run. Interpersonal is probably best known as people skills- the ability to deal well with other people, which are strongly manifested in sales people and religious leaders. Linguistic intelligence on the other hand is the capacity for languages and words. Learning a new language aside from a Mother Tongue necessitates some level of linguistic ability. Musical is the competency for music and musicians and composers score highly on this kind of intelligence. Intrapersonal intelligence is about self-awareness and introverts, given their introspectiveness, naturally excel in this. Spatial intelligence is the ability to judge space and dimensions- painters and architects have plenty of this talent. The last one is mathematical, which is the ability for numbers. Mathematical prodigies are clearly the best examples who have this intelligence. Personally, I think intelligence is important to live a good quality life. By intelligence, it means an individual must be able to know and understand one's self and environment and overcome adversity whether be it personal or from the environment. I also think that intelligence is more of nature but, nurture can significantly improve it. Having inborn intelligence is something like a tool or a gear in the game of life. Those bundled at birth are definitely well-equipped from the beginning with the best gear there is in the whole planet. Taking into consideration musical ability- anyone with a good ear can probably be considered as having some sort of musical intelligence but in order to become a virtuoso, it will probably take a good music school, lots of practice and supportive parents or family- at least in today's day and age. Yoyo-Ma started as a child prodigy and graduated from prestigious Juilliard School of Music and Harvard University. References: 1. Intelligence and socioeconomic success: A study of correlations, causes and consequences (Strenze, Tarmo 2015) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328416329_Intelligence_and_socioeconomic_success_A_study_of_correlations_causes_and_consequences 2. https://pages.uoregon.edu/moursund/Books/PS-Expertise/chapter-3.htm#Howard Gardner