Can Intelligence Be Cultivated?

The notion of “cultivating intelligence” sounds like the next artificial intelligence innovation, but it may not be so far-fetched.

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“Without effort, your talent is nothing more than unmet potential. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t.”
― Angela Duckworth

Of course, I do not rebuke the argument that having a high IQ lends to its owner a significant advantage, similar to the financial advantage of having been born into wealth. Lacking the financial skills to manage and invest money wisely, your advantage eventually becomes futile. Much like the futility of a gifted mind who lacks the discipline to succeed. Your gift is wasted.

“Part of the maturity of the sciences is an appreciation of which questions are best left to other disciplinary approaches.”
Howard Gardner

But despite the clear message that these great minds reveal about intelligence, society represents a whole slew of complex factors at play. Politics, education, business… Perhaps most importantly, the business of education. What happens when individuals are marginalized in the formal academic sphere based on low test scores? When remedial class placements and low expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy for underachievers who lack the innate advantage of intelligence?

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