Re: intelligence

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Tue, 7 Feb 1995 10:41:08 -0500

Sorry, Marie, I, Ralph Holloway, am the culprit, not Danny Yee.
On Tue, 7 Feb
1995, Marie E. Seitz wrote:

> On Monday Feb 6 Danny Yee wrote:
> >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.
> Ok Danny, I understand where you're coming from. I am a physical
> anthropologist grad student deeply rooted in evolutionary theory. What about
> behavioral complexity that has evolved as a consequence of adaptation? I
> missed the beginning of the thread and jumped in the middle. I only jumped in
> because I find it interesting. Intelligence and adaptability are often used
> interchangeably. Most likely anyone using the term needs to define its
> boundaries for future clarification. Look forward to your comments!
> Marie