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The Creative Intelligence Problem

If you read my last blog post on The Physiology of Psychic People then you know that psychic ability has its basis in biological and neurological differences largely stemming from a less strongly lateralized (LSL) brain which is commonly referred to as “right brained.”

But this goes deeper than mere psychic ability; this same difference also produces creativity and genius.  And here lies a basic problem in modern society; children and adults are not tested for creative intelligence; we are tested for analytical intelligence.  A whole portion of society is completely ignored by testing and their career potential and status in society is limited by a lack of acknowledgment of their strengths.

Intelligence testing is designed to probe the ability to conform to and master ordinary learning styles that center on logical-mathematical and linguistic abilities.  These tests gauge a person’s strengths in recognizing and recalling information and a degree of problem solving.  These tests do not address creativity, innovation or invention at all.  Those with LSL brains are having their weaknesses measured as opposed to their strengths.

Society, as a whole, regards linear thinking as advanced, and holistic thinking as primitive.

Schools, of course, teach accordingly, creating classes and curriculums that pander to the three “r’s”.  Reading, writing and arithmetic.  Unsurprisingly, LSL brained children have a great deal of difficultly meeting the learning demands of the standard classroom.  In particular, standard learning methods do not conform to ways in which these children learn best.  Their talents are rarely explored, rarely rewarded and they are often considered to be low achievers, sometimes getting low I.Q. scores.

An all too common problem for example, is when children arrive at correct answers in math, but do not follow the ordinary steps to get there and are unable to explain the process that they used.  Ironically, while these children struggle with the linear nature of ordinary math, their holistic simultaneous thinking is absolutely required for the highest levels of mathematics.

Linguistic intelligence poses similar problems.  LSL brained children have difficulty with the meaning of words as opposed to the sense of them.  Naming things serves to objectify and categorize them for external analysis.  It is a strategy of separation and differentiation, whereas the linguistic abilities of LSL brains are more in the subjective, emotional realm of linking things together through jokes, puns, alliterations, rimes, similes and metaphors.

Some of these children get diagnosed as having learning disorders, which compounds the problem of feeling stupid and slow and not very smart.  Albert Einstein fell into this category by the way.  David Ritchey speculates that people who are LSL may simply be slow starters who need longer to fully realize their neurological potential where their brains are continuing to build complexity and specialization long after their peers have ceased development.

The main problem that all of this creates is that by undermining the success and status of people who are creatively intelligent, we are left with a world dominated by people who excel at secondary, (logical) thinking and who lack the holistic thinking necessary to deal with long term, highly destructive world problems.

For starters, LSL brained people are generally not strongly motivated by power, position and material wealth, but rather by ideas and concepts.  In other words, they are far less corruptible than is normal. By not focusing the majority of their energy on the trappings of wealth and power, they are more likely to propose and implement solutions to problems that serve the greater good rather than themselves and a small group of insiders, which is what we have now.

LSL brained people also are more likely to conceive of and implement long term solutions to long term problems because of their naturally holistic thinking process.  Because we lack these types of people in government and business in any significant numbers, problems such as global warming, oil wars, overfishing, poverty, global pollution, wealth inequality and a host of other extremely complicated, large and very destructive problems are not dealt with in any meaningful way. 

By ignoring the differences of these people in the classroom from an early age, society is denied the benefits of a large, extremely altruistic minority by not acknowledging their strengths and developing their skills.

In the end, we all suffer for this because the people who are rising to power lack the ability to effectively deal with the problems they’re confronting and make the hard decisions.  How much different would things be if we had a lot more people in charge who had the vision and the will to make the world a better place for everyone?

10 comments on “The Creative Intelligence Problem

  1. anon
    September 4, 2013

    Wonderful writing. Thank you, Craig.

  2. marcustanthony
    December 23, 2012

    Something to add to this is research into neuroplasticity. It is true that many people do have actual learning disorders, and these may be related to brain dysfunction. Simply saying they learn diffferently is not useful in many instances, because the problem has to be addressed directly. A good book to read in the area is “The woman who changed her brain”, by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. The author was diagnosed with a severe learning disorder, and could not even write letters and numbers out the right way. However she overcame the problem, and gained higher degrees in related areas. She has developed specific programmes to help those with learning disorders.

    With the intuitive mind, it is possible to develop it with specific methods which address the imbalance many of us develop through our modern education systems. It can be done at just about nay age, but like all excursions out of our comfort zones, the mind may resist. if it is any consolation, western education systems are a lot better at addressing creative thinking and diverse learning styles than public education systems in Asia (to generalise), where I taught for many years. It is appalling what kids have to go through in some of those countries: rote learning and testing dominate everything, and almost everything which is not directed at acquiring social status and wealth has been leached out. I have to stop myself from rolling my eyes when naive western intellectuals talk about the holistic thinking of Asian cultures and learning. Whatever it was in days of yore, today it is about as holistic as packaged 7-11 noodles.

  3. Jah Gouldo
    December 21, 2012

    wow craig did it again, what a paper mate, jeesus and as a 12 yr old boy they told me i had OCD and skitzophrenic and I VIVIDLY REMBER that hurting my heart because i didn’t even no these men and they out right JUDGED me in 1 hour 1 HOUR.
    Craig whilst reading your articles it sounds like ur left brain is pumping aswell i forced my self to go to university it was expected of me i passed but after 2 years i was so emotional exhausted so disconnected and confused for following a pointless path for other people and not my self and i began to see the insanity in the left brain thinkers aswell, creating COMPLEX equations and theories just to prove it on paper there was no real want happening just a whole lot of fact remembering and parroting i hated it , debated with my professors to the point i would walk out, because my father is mixed native american and canadian he is so smart at bringing up obscure facts and learnings at any given time, he is a directional engineer thats just one of his degree’s and my mum she is australian aboriginal but was taken from her family as child and raised by a nice european family, So she has struggled hard to fit in and be accepted by even my dad even to this day she hates when she says words backwards infront of him, not full on bad but i can tell. what they both thinking, silly. but any way i was stunned to read materialism doesn’t have weight on us, which is so true, my dad is rich and he can’t believe i can be content with out a full time job and saving hard for a over priced house, i don’t want those things from life was my only explanation there boring really, play with the box instead of the toy. anyway i have always thought of my self as a good innovator for certain situations that randomly called for a alternate route because the regular route was unavailable i could literally feel my brain go INSANE as soon as everyone there was thinking of a alternative i would literally spew out many random ideas not even sure where it came from, up until i had read this site and have been doing my most recent research finding out through the internet these experiences i had where also felt by others in a very similar way, because i have researched every mental disorder to some how get a understanding of what is happening in my mind nothing no diagnosis would satisfy me, i am thinking i have this type of brain , not sure if i was born with it or the head injure created it or intensified it, or what … I feel that alot of australian aboriginal kids that are raised in white society they feel similar as i did i began to think it was a native thing like, the lack of spirituality and community was turning us over analyitcal and judgemental . Well i would like to complete test if you would mark it though craig? no way im sending money to them for anything they got unna!



  4. Prnilla Zigher
    August 31, 2012

    Thank you for all your information. It is just so amazingly helpful. ❤ Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:48:29 +0000 To:

  5. RabbitDawg
    August 30, 2012

    Craig, I won’t try to read too much synchronicity into this, but as I was reading this post, I was also in the midst of reading The Mind of God by Paul Davies (an excellent book BTW). Starting around page 153, after discussing the perception of beauty in mathematics by most mathematicians, Davies brings up cases of ma thematic geniuses that had little or no formal training.

    One example he cites is the case of S. Ramanujan. Born in India in the late nineteenth century, Ramanujan came from a poor family and had only a limited education. He more or less taught himself mathematics and, being isolated from mainstream academic life, he approached the subject in a very unconventional manner. Ramanujan wrote down a great many theorems without proof, some of them of a very peculiar nature that would not normally have occurred to more conventional mathematicians.

    . Eventually some of Ramanujan’s results came to the attention of G.H. Hardy (a greatly respected mathematician of the day), who was astonished. “I’ve never seen anything in the least like this before,” he commented. “A single look at them is enough to show that they could only be written down by a mathematician of the highest class.” Hardy was was able to prove some of Ramanujan’s theorem’s by deploying the full range of his considerable mathematical skills, but only with the greatest difficulty. Other results defeated him completely. Nevertheless, he felt they must be correct, for “no one would have the imagination to invent them”.
    Hardy arranged for Ramanujan to be to travel to Cambridge to work with him, but unfortunately Ramanujan died from culture shock and various medical conditions.

    Davies goes on to list other examples of brilliant ma thematic breakthroughs that people could not possibly have conceived of by left-brain logic alone.
    The point here is that evidence of LSL brained genius is out there, screaming at us.

  6. Karen R
    August 30, 2012

    I agree 100% with you analysis of the limitations of IQ testing. In my profession, I have only found IQ testing to be useful when it comes to learning deficits and useful when finding strengths one possesses for protential jobs such as what the military does. I had 9 years of supervision by mensa members and have made the same argument over and over about IQ since I don’t think the current understanding of IQ pick up on enhancements. The standars WAIS IQ test has no creative aspect and i don’t think sience knows that well yet how to study creative intelligence. Perhaps one day?
    I was wondering how your presentation went? I would have loved to have been able to go!

    Karen R

  7. Laurel Marshfield
    August 26, 2012

    What an all-encompassing and spectacularly insightful post. Thanks so much! (Tweeted + Facebooked it out)

    • craigweiler
      August 26, 2012

      Thank you!

  8. bethany Faye
    August 25, 2012

    Dear Craig I feel you deserve to know that so much of what you are writing lately seems to fit with me & my life experiences. I discovered you only recently, when the time was just right of course. Hello from Australia kinsman! B 🙂

    • craigweiler
      August 25, 2012

      So glad I can help. 🙂

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