An Understanding of Understanding (I.Q.)

The concept of I.Q., or “intelligence quotient,” as it is formally called, has been around for about 100 years, but in the that time, debates have raged over how to measure it, different types of intelligence, and the extent to which it is influenced by genes and the environment. Once I.Q. testing began to take […]

Intelligence in Plants?

Let’s be clear: Without plants, we simply would not exist. Plants convert the sun’s light into energy we used every day when we consume food. Even if you’re not a plant eater or vegetarian, the meat you are eating got its energy from somewhere, and that energy can be traced back to plants and ultimately […]

Emotional Intelligence: Key to Success

For decades, standard conceptions of “intelligence” have been called into question by psychologists and academic researchers alike. It wasn’t until recently—in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s—that broader, more encompassing conceptions of intelligence have emerged. Since then, discussing intelligence in general appears like a fool’s errand because the term can now include emotional intelligence, social intelligence […]

Are crows smarter than your toddler?

Something to crow about Aesop’s Fable, “The Crow and the Pitcher,” tells the story of a thirsty crow that comes across a pitcher of water. There is a problem, though: The mouth of the pitcher can fit the crow’s beak, but not its head, and the pitcher is only half full. The crow thinks for […]