Learning and Intelligence

The history and presence of the world reveals itself through patterns. Patterns are predictable events that are repeated, making them both memorable and easy to recognize; i.e. the seasons, days of the week, traffic patterns, the cracks in a sidewalk, rows of corn, etc.

Patterns are observed in all things, from the smallest particle of matter, to the largest cluster of galaxies. Global patterns surround us. In our everyday lives, there are patterns everywhere, in every direction, every corner.

People also behave in predictable ways. Individual behavior patterns, including routines, habits, rituals and obsessions shape our lives and define who we are. We sleep, wake, breathe, think, feel, eat, work, and play in regular patterns.

Our brains, eyes, ears, and other sensory organs have evolved to recognize and analyze these patterns.

Learning and being curious takes place in our brain.

Our brain is responsible for our emotions, our intelligence, and our capacity for knowledge.

A person’s brain can:

recognize patterns,
read and count,
grow and change,
cause us to be happy or unhappy,
love someone or something,
remember important information,
plan ahead,
compare one thing with another,
solve complicated problems,
invent, create,
and dream.

Our complex mind, long evolved, and well-adapted, provides us with:

an awareness of our surroundings,
the ability to explain what we observe or experience,
what we need to know to survive as individuals, and as a society,
what dangers to avoid,
what is meaningful and satisfying.

A person’s collective INTELLIGENCE depends on:

the ability to analyze and synthesize information,
the ability to generalize,
learning to shift ideas from one context to another,
developing a will to learn,
maintaining curiosity,
encouraging imagination.

The search for knowledge is both simple and complex. Finding problems to solve is easy. It is what our brains do best. Solving problems is difficult, and demands more from us.

The more we learn, the more curious we become.

Learning how to direct and manage our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions can be considered an act of creativity. It is a secret of life, and with it comes the ability to be resilient, adaptive, wise.



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