Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The New Book “Thinkingaire” Introduction: Chapter 5 Intellectual Minds

Learning agility is the deepest quality of having an intellectual mind.

Intelligence is a cognitive process involving rational and abstract thinking. It’s goal-directed and purposeful, which means that all intelligent activities are planned to reach a self-determined goal. Intelligence is also the word we use to describe the potential ability. There are as many different ways to characterize intelligence as there are different types and forms of information impinging on our sense.

An understanding mind: There is a difference between knowledge and understanding. Knowledge by definition is “information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education. Intelligence is not just knowledge, it is a contextual understanding. You can’t truly have understanding without having knowledge and wisdom to guide you. In turn, we would realize the importance of questioning, examining, and challenging everything we think we know. Knowledge is having information, understanding is about knowing how different pieces of information relate to each other. Knowledge is transferable, but understanding is not transferable. It is impossible for another to experience something exactly the way you experience it. Attention and awareness are part of the process of transforming knowledge into understanding and understanding into wisdom.

A cognitive mind: In science, cognition is the set of mental abilities and processes related to knowledge, attention, memory, judgment and evaluation, reasoning and computation, problem-solving and decision making, comprehension and production of language., etc. To put simply, it’s a mental process of acquiring knowledge through thought, experience, and senses. Cognition can happen in many different ways and combinations. The most important capability of cognitive mind is the willingness and ability to seek out knowledge and address our ignorance and assumptions we make to minimize it. When we explore the mental process of acquiring new knowledge through thoughts, experiences, and senses, we realize that cognition involves exploring varieties of meanings or thoughts, removing old and establishing new relations. In neuronal terms, this involves disabling some of the old “wirings,” and making new connections. All of that requires a deliberate mental effort. A cognitive mind enables us o understand the different information we need to reach different conclusions and then consider the different tools or techniques available to gather, sort, organization and analyze information.

An insightful mind: Insight is the act or result of understanding the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively. A person considered to be a visionary is someone who has insight into what others can’t see. Insight is thinking into the box after thinking out of the box, that means it integrates both creative thinking and analytical thinking, intuition and logic; the power of acute observation and deduction, questioning, connection, penetration, discernment, and perception. Insight is the understanding of a specific cause and effect in a specific context, Insight is being able to identify the root cause of a problem or the core issues of the situation, which lead to understanding and resolution. To put briefly, insight is the ability to perceive clearly or in a deep way, and it’s a perception via multidimensional cognizance.

When things (including mind) are perceived intellectually, then they are looked at from the conscious mind and ordinary awareness, which means a quantifiable, logical, external perspective involving a lot of mental “doing” - envisioning, thinking, comparing, concluding, reasoning and planning, etc. Learning agility is the deepest quality of having an intellectual mind.


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