Intelligence.... What does it mean to be truly intelligent? Is it possible to awaken and develop intelligence in ourselves and in our children? Hello, I’m Kitty Hilton and in the next few minutes we are going to take an amazing journey, not to some far off land, but a journey into ourselves - into the most subtle and perhaps least understood areas of human development. We are going to explore the Awakening of our own intelligence. Our guide will be Joseph Chilton Pearce, the author of six books including Crack in the Cosmic Egg, his national best seller The Magical Child and most recently, Evolution’s End.
For more than thirty years Joe has challenged audiences around the world by questing why, as human beings, we haven’t developed to our full potential. He is convinced that nature has a plan for the unfoldment of intelligence - it is a plan woven into every cell of our body and one which we are just beginning to understand. Let’s join Joseph Chilton Pearce, and a group of parents, educators and health care providers, as they explore the Awakening of Intelligence.
Joe Pearce: I would say that intelligence is possessed by all living organisms, from the first mitochondria, ameba right on down, and it's the ability to respond to life for our own well-being and continuity to avoid that which is harmful, to move for that which is beneficial. That's the basic intelligence on which life rests. And all creatures possess it. The more complex a creature the more complex that intelligence becomes. And yet at root it's always that which moves for appropriateness to our well-being and our continuity. Intelligence we can say in us is heart-centered. Intelligence is connected with the deepest intuitive roots of life the matrix of our being. It's you might say the dark interior, the rather mysterious interior of life. Intelligence is essentially feminine in its nature, if we could use that kind of a polarity. It's subjective, it’s interior.
On the other hand, intellect is objective. It's exterior. It's outwardly driven. Intellect is brain centered. Intellect is analytical, it's logical, it's linear, it's analytical, it's constantly asking why, taking everything apart, and loving to put things together in new ways that have never existed before. It's inventive. And so this brain centered objective intellect is a highly specific form of intelligence and is evolution's latest achievement and comes about through the latest editions to our brain structure.
We can say, and this is very risky, and I realize that, we can say intelligence is essentially heart centered in feminine, asking for appropriateness to life. Intellect is essentially brain centered, objective and masculine and asks only about life's possibilities. Is it possible, and if its possible intellect goes for it without regard to its appropriateness.
For instance, today here in the United States alone we're producing annually about nine thousand new chemicals that never existed before in earth's history. By intellectual process. Now, unfortunately 90 percent of these chemicals prove to be violently carcinogenic and in playing with them we're producing 100 million tons of violently toxic waste, dumped on our own nest every year in just the United States. All the other countries are trying to overtake us and out do us on this.
Now, briefly this is because of the strange new historical phenomena of a total concentration on intellect devoid of what? Devoid of intelligence, asking only is it possible, never stopping to ask is it appropriate,
Now to look at the word intelligence has many, many different meanings in us because we are developmental creatures our intelligence is developmental and as our intelligence develops it opens to more and more fields of intelligence, to different forms of intelligence - even though at the basis of this intelligence is always an underlying appropriateness. Is it appropriate to our well-being?
Howard Gardner, some of you might know the work of Howard Gardner. I think he's one of the most brilliant guys we have going today, and he's at Harvard, Tufts, he wears a number of hats, and he's come up with the theory of multiple intelligence. What he says in effect is we don't have this general intelligence of a human which then learns these different subjects, according to how intelligent we are. He says what we're considering different subjects are intelligences in themselves. Independent intelligence.
Gardner lists such things as musical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, out of which language comes, mathematical intelligence, spatial intelligence and so on. Recently he is rumored to say and I don't know other than hearsay to back this up, he's rumored to have added an intelligence and he says we must recognize a spiritual intelligence, the intelligence of the spirit. I said there's hope for us yet.