Aren't skills part of the learning package, whereas intelligence is the
gas to make that package run? But having said that. I tend to agree
about the specializing that is going on with the notion of intelligence.
This particular workshop was geared toward instructors who teach English
to speakers of of other native languages and in that context, the
different intelligences were presented as (stretching this) cars other
than a Ford sedan. I also think the realm of MI is really about tracking
the brain and the locales of its various jobs and then making
applications of the knowledge. So for example, they know that a region
of the brain controls musical aptitude and recognition of beats, etc.
Since it is a brain function that can be identified, then maybe the same
"theys" or maybe different "theys" then admitted to the reality of
musical intelligence. What is making this fall apart though, is the
newest intelligences, like the "Existential" and the "Digital" and here,
the cart came before the horse. These were theorized prior to being
mapped, if I recall correctly. That is why they're "questionable,"
because they haven't been able to find a geographic location for these
theoretical intelligences. Anyway - it is still all exciting and thought
provoking to me.
I almost said that your quick aptitude with learning Japanese after
drawing might be because of the pictographic nature of the Japanese
alphabet. Glad I didn't because, I'm wrong, aren't I? So sorry there's
no nice correlation like that because those are so much more enjoyable.
I guess it's something to do with opening up new neural pathways, and
like any exercise, once something is done the first time and then
repeated, it makes like activities easier. Ann