Essay on Influential Factors of Human Intelligence

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Human intelligence is an enigma that continues to intrigue scientists around the world after its inception with the creation of humanity. Human intelligence is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as the “mental quality that consists of the abilities to learn from experience, adapt to new situations, understand and handle abstract concepts, and use knowledge to manipulate ones environment”. (“Human intelligence”) In order to evaluate human intelligence, we must quantify human intelligence. The intelligence quotient, also known as IQ, is a measure of cognitive ability. The general factor, which is abbreviated as the g factor, is also a measure of cognitive ability. The g factor may be obtained by isolating elements of an IQ test through …show more content…
We attempt to ascertain the intelligence of other species in comparison to humans and find that although existent, no intelligence rivals human intelligence. Human intelligence is remarkable in its complexity and uniqueness. Since the intelligence of all other species is negligible when compared to a human’s intelligence, a human’s intelligence must be contrasted only by another human’s intelligence. The only existing rival to a human’s intelligence is another human’s intelligence. Quantifying intelligence allows for comparison between individuals of different sexes, races, ethnicities and other diversifying backgrounds. In order to quantify intelligence the use of a test called Intelligent Quotient test, IQ test, must be unbiased toward any background and must examine the test takers conceptual aptitude. Since IQ and the g factor have strong correlation a person with a high IQ score is likely to have a greater g factor and a person with a low IQ score likely to have a lesser g factor. Determining an individual’s intelligence is imperative in identifying cognitive strengths or weakness, which in both circumstances necessitate further attention. By observing the correlation of success and failure to IQ score, it is possible to observe individually and then in comparison the influence of hereditability and learnability on human intelligence. The purpose of

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