If you’re familiar with Sternberg’s theory of “practical intelligence,” Goleman’s “emotional intelligence,” or Gardner’s “multiple intelligences” concept, you can resonate to this idea that standard tests of IQ don’t necessarily capture our ability to succeed in life through the exercise of other ways of knowing. We have many ways of understanding and knowing about the world, and Heraclitus’s idea that the ability to do well in school is not the sole measure of intelligence is now commonly regarded as an important adjunct to standard ways of thinking about our intellectual faculties.

Greta Gerazi