Survival of the smartest



Intelligence as the measure of intellect. Intelligence as capacity for understanding, abstraction or logic. Intelligence as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

Intelligent. More intelligent. Most intelligent. Less intelligent. Least intelligent.

Few words have such an judgemental and evaluative connotation as intelligence in our modern society permanently seeking for efficiency, structure and rationality. As science has rightfully proven itself superior trough its rewarding achievements and has superseded enigmatic religious belief, intelligence, as the gradual attribute for logical reasoning, became the new yardstick for human worthiness. Cardinal virtues belong to the past, the intellect seems to have become the new secular wisdom.

Intelligence is in the same vein as the Darwinistic findings and insight: The ability to change to its environment by the means of superior intelligence seemingly is the path which evolutionary life has taken and shall keep taking. Intelligence recently decides upon good and evil, inferior and superior. As long such dualistic counterparts exists, society will use them to compare, to judge and to count the two sides. Within the evolutionary context, the mutual distinction literally calls for ubiquitous justification and rationalization. It is truly a issue about worthiness of life and about be qualified for retention. The worst part is the fact that abstract and rationalized attributions are demanded such as logic, language and memory. Personality and individuality still prefer to grow up in a much more colourful and diverse environment than gloomy and human-distant objectivity. Humankind starve for innovative creativity and unifying diversity and surely not for elitistic, survivalistic repression.

Intelligence as the sum of acquired and applied abilities could be a more precise approach. Intelligence simply can’t solely be about objectivity, because human is per definition subjective. Some mask-carriers actually hide their selfish play that good you wouldn’t ever see trough their babble in favour for oh-so mighty objectivity and truthfulness. No one is superior in every aspect, but specific people are more adapted to specific tasks than others: we would benefit more from glorifying perspectivism than from absolutism (be it scientific or religious).


Some speak about intelligence as the aptitude of reason and others what they think intelligence should be:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. – Albert Einstein

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. – Socrates

Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant. – Victor Hugo

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way. – Marcel Proust

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. – George Orwell

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. – Carl Gustav Jung


Intelligence is awareness of diversity, unity and nothing.