Unformatted text preview: What is intelligence? What are some different definitions of intelligence that people have proposed? Do you agree with those definitions? (See Copeland section 3.6 for some background.) “The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.” Compact Oxford English Dictionary, 2006 “Intelligence is a property of mind that encompasses many related mental abilities, such as the capacities to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn.” Wikipedia, 4 October, 2006 “Individuals differ from one another in their ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, to overcome obstacles by taking thought.” American Psychological Association From these two definitions we can see similarities in words or synonyms between them. Many say that a solid definition of intelligence is not possible, but we have put together a general list of attributes that...
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- Fall '07
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