Online Discussion: Multiple Intelligences

Hey Venture English CAE students!

Leave your comments below on the topic of ‘multiple intelligences’, which you’ll find plenty of resources on through a bit of googling.

React to each other’s comments too in order to get a debate going:)



7 thoughts on “Online Discussion: Multiple Intelligences

  1. Diana says:

    Hi, I do not understand to much about this topic, but my common sense tells me this theory (Multiple Intelligence) might be right. We are complex organisms, with complex brains, so logically or intelligence must be related to different areas of this brain: linguistic, sport, music, mathematics, conscience, etc.
    Maybe the kinds of intelligence in the theory are not enough to describe our capacities, I would do a alternative distribution, What do you think?

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  2. I think the kind of intelligence we think of as ‘intelligence’ (i.e. knowledge) is overrated, and this has led to a lack of appreciation of subtler intelligences, like interpersonal ability. As such, the world privileges some people and overlooks others.

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  3. It’s the first time I’ve heard or read about multiple intelligence, in other words, I didn’t have the faintest idea of what it is all about. After reading the article, I have a lot of doubts and, in my opinion, what is called by Gardner as MI, I will name it as abilities. Some people have the ability of control their body and their movements better than other, therefore, they might have one part of the brain more developed than people who don’t have that ability. In my opinion, that fact it doesn’t reveal that they are more intelligent because they are capable of controlling a football ball.
    I’ve been reading further and there are a considerable number of arguments against it because it’s been said that there is nothing yet that will test these eight (or nine) intelligence with total accuracy. I think I agree with this side of the argument.

    If my intelligence were to be categorized in any of them, I guess that it would be in the approach of the logical mathematical one. I can’t think of anything special that my teachers did to grow my potential in this field particularly, I suppose my education it’s been always equally focused in every subject of learning.

    Do you agree with Gardner’s theory or do you think everything is more simple than what he describes?


    • I certainly agree with your categorisation of Gardner’s so-called intelligences as, in fact, abilities. What particularly interests me is the prestige we attribute good, old-fashioned ‘intelligence’ – why do we? Why not be hugely impressed by the brilliance of other ‘abilities’? Why not relegate intelligence to the category of just another ability? While I accept that people are indeed impressed by the full spectrum of ability humans can possess, we lift up the classic concept of intelligence and it becomes overly-reified, I feel.

      Or maybe this is just a reflection of my own bias towards classic intellect.

      As for Gardner’s categories being distinct, I rather imagine them as existing in different combinations in different people.


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    • Alberto says:

      I totally agree with you, i will call them abilities or skills rather than intelligence. In my opinion intelligence is something you are born with, whereas you can train your musical abilites, the way you paint or even your numerical skills.
      There are some people who were born “gifted”, those for me are intelligent, people with their skills developed naturally without any training, no matter the field of their skills.

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  4. So after reading, the question is still on the table, what is intelligence? what can define it?

    My crazy theory, I consider intelligence is a mix between: how we interact with the media we live, how we interact with other who share the media with us, and what we can easily do which is useful for our survival (or to rise our success in the three categories explained before).
    This triangle is massive, there is an ocean of abilities/skills interrelated each other, so it is difficult to split what is a gift ability and what is pure intelligence… maybe pure intelligence we can categorise does not exist.

    I do consider learning and the speed of learning are parts of intelligence itself, I mean abilities you can develop by training although they need a learning process they are still skills for me. At the beginning no one knows how to do an addition or subtraction, neither Albert Einstein himself, you always need to learn basics steps before going further.



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