The Importance Of Intelligence In Society

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In modern society, mankind is constantly changing and intelligence plays a crucial roles. It is the building blocks of becoming a successful and thriving civilization. With the powerful tool of emergent intelligence of a self-organizing system, a booming society emerges not with the help of one individual but, with the entire system working as a whole. As seen by in Steven Johnson and Cathy Davidson reading, “The Myth of the Ant Queens” and “Project Classroom Makeover respectively, shows that they both want to remove inhibitor of group intelligence and progress, in the attempt to create a more adaptive society. However, Johnson and Davidson embody the very nature that individuals within a society have the agency of contributing to the complex …show more content…
In bettering the society, Davidson supports her mother-in-law Inez Davidson educating her students to be “confiden[t] in [their] ability...to switch assumptions or methods or partnerships in order to do better. This is true not only for you, as an individual, but for the whole institutions” (Davidson 67). For a community to function well, not only do the individuals need to communicate with everyone, but must acknowledge that there are times individuals need to change the way they perform in order to create a working society. They must unlearn and relearn practices to make sure the system is operating. Inez Davidson wanted her students to grasp that a society cannot function if they do not know how to work in it. She taught them basic skills that will help them in the long run for their future advances. However, naturally people do not need to be guided, individuals know how to better the community because they will collaborate in order to aid one another, as shown with the ant colonies. The ants subconsciously knew they needed to take care of the queen ant because she was the thriving force of the society. The ants did not need to be told this or learn that this is how the society is …show more content…
Among these societies, individuals do not always have the chance to participate in the construction of the system. In Davidson’s reading, she demonstrates that within the hegemonic education system, students do not have a say in what they are required to accomplished. She addresses that the hierarchies are shaping the education system by standardizing all the schools and using a one-size-fits all model. Due to this, students become what the hegemonic society wants them to be and with this, they become uncreative and dull. Yet, with diversity and independent decision making, these are the important factors for a sensible society. With the individuals coming together and interacting, they can consider multiple perspectives. Because with a self-organizing society, it does not need a higher authority telling individuals how to do its job of building a society. They do not need guidance or need to be taught how to create a working community, the citizens generally come together. That is what fundamental factors that must be in play in continuing to bettering the future of the complex

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