Re: intelligence

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Mon, 6 Feb 1995 10:21:54 -0500

I agree that 'intelligence' can be a relative term, but I don't see where
'adaptability' is any less so. We have been talking about the
relationship of behavioral complexity and its neural correlates in
adaptation. If my skin darkens during the summer, its adapting to
increased solar radiation, but it is not being controlled by my brain and
is somewhat different than my learning that too much solar radiation is
detrimental, and my taking any number of behavioral paths to stay out of
the sun . Intelligence is a tough term, but we simply have to sharpen our
focus and discussions.
On Mon, 6 Feb 1995, Marie E. Seitz wrote:

> Why call it intelligence? A better term is adaptability! Animals that adapt
> stay around longer than ones that don't. Intelligence is such a relative
> term.
> Marie
> SUNY at Buffalo