The Universal Plan suggests there are seven basic categories of intelligence.
Intelligence has been defined in many ways, including: the capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, and problem solving. More generally, it can be described as the ability to perceive or infer information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.
For simplicity, a useful definition might be:
Intelligence: Capacity for understanding.
- The capacity to apply logic to experience, to deduce new information, and to understand things.
Seven Types of Intelligence?
People have suggested multiple-intelligence forms, such as Howard Gardner's Theory of multiple intelligences. I include his categories where I think they best fit below.
Below I've applied the seven levels of the Universal-Plan to the concept of intelligence.
It's a work in progress...
|Will, Desire||Why?||"Spiritual" Intelligence:
Understanding of will, intent, purpose, motivation.
Attempts to deduce the reason why things do what they do.
HG's intrapersonal category (understanding of the self) sort-of fits here, but not perfectly...
His existential category (capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence) does fit here, but is a narrower concept.
|Make Will into Law||Which?||Vocal Intelligence:
Allows understanding of language & communication.
This is the capacity to listen to reality, and to speak clearly and be understood.
HG's verbal-linguistic category fits here, and the musical-rhythmic category does too; music is like language.
|Law, Path, Design||How?||Intellectual Intelligence:
Allows understanding of laws/rules/plans/designs.
The capacity to understand complex-systems, such as mathematics.
|Law in Action||When?||Physical Intelligence / Timing:
Allows understanding of timimg, physical movement and action.
The capacity to move gracefully. (e.g. athletes, dancers...)
Heart is time / timing / rhythm and it converts Law into Action.
HG's intrapersonal category (understanding of the self) also sort-of fits here, but not well...
HG's musical-rhythmic category could perhaps also fit here.
|Action, Power||Who?||Emotional Intelligence:
Allows understanding of emotion.
The capacity to recognise & understand emotion in yourself & others. Perhaps is also morality.
He also later considered including a moral category. These may be the same thing.
|Earth in Motion||Where?||Spatial Intelligence:
Allows understanding of how 3D things go together.
Engineering and sports require spatial intelligence / awareness.
Note: There could also be Sexual Intelligence, perhaps these things are similar...
|Location||What?||Objective Intelligence (Memory):
Allows knowledge of facts and 3D objects.
The capacity to store information and retreive it.
E.g. the ability to remember your environment so you can escape from predators.
It isn't usually considered a form of intelligence, and I didn't initially consider including it, but it fits, and memory is a part of our ability to reason.
As Earth, it's a passive form of intelligence, no judgement is required.
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