Intelligence, week 1

We will begin discussion of our new topic, Intelligence, during our lessons this week.  We will consider how we use Intelligence to adapt to change.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” — Stephen Hawking (physicist)

One of the most consistent traits of people who are recognized for their intelligence is their willingness to adapt to new information.  Looking back through history, we can see that our understanding of the universe around us is constantly changing.  We find new animal species in the depths of the jungle, and we reclassify planetary bodies.  Change is a normal part of life.  Some people resist change, and find it really hard to adapt.  Consistency and routine can be very comfortable.  That isn’t a good reason to keep on doing something that has stopped working, or to hold onto an idea that no longer makes sense.  We should be intelligent enough — wise enough — to recognize change when it happens, and to adapt to those changes when we need to.

Discussion Questions:

1)  What is something that has changed recently for you?

2)  How did you feel about that change?

3)  What is a change you would like to make for yourself?

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