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 "Intelligence: Check Up Your Mind"

By Dr. Gloria Latimore-Peace

Presented by Omni-University


"I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be; And you can never be  what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be." Ancestor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today's "H3O Art of Life Blog" is followed by a conversation with Dr. Yaounde Olu who is, among other professions, an Artist, Science Educator, and Astrologist. We came together to discuss the concept of "intelligence", which, like so many other abstractions expressed in the English language, is grossly misrepresented. "Intelligence", like "education"[1], is inherent, i.e. it is something with which we are born. Or, as Wayne Sebamurti Gentry, Co-Founder of the Seba Im Aunk Foundation, asserts in his book, "The Nature of Intelligence: A Look Beyond Mere Thinking", "Intelligence is our nature."  

True intelligence, therefore, cannot be quantified/measured by "intelligence tests", aka "IQ" tests which are inherently biased. These tests are limited to the language of the dominant  social group, who are also the authors of the tests; they exclude those for whom English is not their "mother tongue"/ first language. Also, the fact that the tests are standardized on white, middle-class testers, further exacerbates the biases against those who are neither middle-class nor white. thus I.Q. is a misnomer, a pseudonym that conceals the hidden motive of such "tests" which is to validate so- called  "white supremacy" while  serving as an "inferiorization" mechanism for "people of color". Intelligence, as defined by the dominant group, bears watching. 

It is our aim to shed light on this and other matters via the two H3O Art of Life Shows that follow: "The Art of Intelligence" featuring: Dr. Yaounde Olu and "Intelligence and Impermanence", featuring: Wayne Sebamurti Gentry. 


[1] The etymological root of education is "educere" which means "to bring forth out of" -rather than the other way  around, i.e., to pour into.

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