Intellect is a term used in studies of the human mind, and refers to the ability of the mind to come to correct conclusions about what is true or false, and about how to solve problems.
what is true/false? is there something deeper than true/false.. that would help us solve problems that matter..?
Historically the term comes from the Greek philosophical term nous, which was translated into Latin as intellectus (derived from the verb intelligere, “to understand”, from inter, “between” and legere, “to choose” and into French and then English as intelligence (other than intellect). Intellect is in fact considered as a branch of intelligence (see Intellect vs intelligence).
Discussion of the intellect can be divided into two broad areas. In both of these areas, the terms “intellect” and “intelligence” have continued to be used as related words.
- In philosophy, especially in classical and medieval philosophy the intellect or nous is an important subject connected to the question of how humans can know things.
maybe that’s not the point (and not even possible) of humanity.. ie: knowing things
- In modern psychology and neuroscience, intelligence and intellect are used as terms describing mental ability (or abilities) that allow people to understand.
perhaps beginning of enclosure/colonialism/abuse.. thinking some abilities could be lacking in order for people to understand/grok enough
A distinction is sometimes made whereby intellect is considered to be related to “facts” in contrast to intelligence concerning “feelings”. Intellect refers to the cognition and rational mental processes gained through external input rather than internal.
A person who uses intelligence (thought and reason) and critical or analytical reasoning in either a professional or a personal capacity is often referred to as an intellectual.
we’d all do that if we were free to dance
Intellect vs intelligence
Intellect is often considered to be a branch of intelligence reflecting mainly its logical and rational side.
Because of the lack of emotional and sensitive engagement, intellect is sometimes considered to be strictly limited to facts and not going beyond mere raw knowledge. However, intellect can carry a high level of complexity and thus avoid linear and formal logic patterns by referring to such mental processes as, for example, fuzzy logic and dialectical logic.
Intellect and intelligence may be contrasted with reference to etymology.
Intelligence, deriving from the present active participle of Latin intelligere, has a sense of “to gather in between“.
However intellect, deriving from its past participle, has the sense of “what has been gathered“.
Thus intelligence relates to the creation of new categories of understanding based on similarities and differences, while intellect relates to understanding existing categories
perhaps this is a key element (that Doug Englebart maybe saw in choosing title: augmenting human intellect ? vs say collective intelligence).. that intellect ness (what is already there for 8b people) is what we should org around.. rather than the diversity of collective intelligence (what we gather between)
perhaps that’s a stretch.. too much focus on words.. rock or flower is what i’m seeing as critical.. org around the rock (maté basic needs) rather than the flower (interconnectedness; intelligence; health; climate; .. commoning.. undisturbed ecosystem)
Development of intellect
Experience plays a crucial role in the formation of intellect. Through solving life problems people can reach intellectual enlightenment and improve their behavioral patterns to act more reasonably and appropriately in the future.
Therefore, intellectual development is encouraged by the feeling of dissatisfaction gained from particular situation’s outcome and the emanating search for better solutions.
red flag we’re doing it wrong.. if have to start with dissatisfaction..
let’s start with 8b daily curiosities
Only experience can provide people with genuine and thoughtful understanding of reality, which consequently contributes to intellectual development.
Intellect that reaches its maturity is referred as self-management. At this state intellect can encounter every problem it faces and not only change itself in the most efficient manner, but also alter the reality in the most desirable way.
perhaps self management is where we start.. to be antifragile
rather than thinking we need to reach ‘intellectual maturity’ et al
Overall, success and failure turn to depend primarily on the extent of intellectual capabilities.
depends on who is defining success/failure and for who..
adding page because it seems everyone trying to org/reorg is focused on the org being around collective intelligence et al
and noticing that Doug Englebart used human intellect.. so i was thinking maybe he at least saw the need for something already in us.. (which i’d not heard before to describe intellect vs intelligence)
i just think whatever we org around.. has to be something already in each one of us.. not some skill acquired or something we need to increase to.. that just leads to colonialism/tragedy-of-noncommon.. et al
then added: rock and flower to spew how it clears things up in my head
the deeper cancer is thinking we need to be an informed citizenry