If you were to ask me how I think and feel, I would say I have a variety of interests. I ask questions and investigate until I am satisfied that I have found the answers. My primary question, of course, is how the brain learns and how it expresses its own learning. I take time to study and reflect, and I have written many books and articles related to my research. I also love music and play the piano. My appreciation and support of art is on-going.
My theory of multiple intelligences— the idea that there is more than one way to be smart— is the basis of this book. Each form of intelligence is represented by a different “Me”.
I’ve jotted down some notes that I think will be useful in clarifying key points related to multiple intelligences.
My last note:
There is one more way to be smart. It did not meet all the criteria set out to begin with because it did not activate a special region in the brain. It is my feeling that the 9thMe, the MeaningMe, should be acknowledged. It is centered within the neural pathways of the heart, or the soul. The MeaningMe asks the big questions of:
Those questions cannot be solved through the brain alone. The heart has neural pathways as well…
Any last words WordMe?
Yes of course I need to have the last word!
A word has a definite meaning. Definite means having exact limits, precise and clear in meaning, explicit.
We should learn the definitions so we can communicate more clearly with each other.
I have hope* that we will begin to understand each other better and that all ways of being smart will be acknowledged and honored as equal.
*hope – a feeling that what is wanted will happen, an expectation
For more information regarding the theory of multiple intelligences reference Howard Gardner’s research. http://multipleintelligencesoasis.org
Special thanks to Thomas Armstrong, PH.D. whose book You’re Smarter Than You Think: A Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences was an invaluable resource.