What’s Wrong and How to Fix it: Balance of Abilities Matters More than Levels

Sternberg, R. J. (2016). What’s Wrong and How to Fix it. In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.) Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century (pp. 257-262). Netherlands: SensePublishers.

Excerpt: Dinosaurs were, in a sense, the dominant species on the Earth for 135 million years. Home sapiens have about 200,000 years behind their belt, perhaps 100,000 years as some kind of dominant species. Cockroaches go back at least 320 million years and bacterial forms have been identified that are 3.5 billion years old, and bacteria are still around. So what exactly do we mean by dominant species? This may be a case where the species that laughs last, laughs best.

Given the problems cited in this book—human-induced climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, income disparity, poverty, perpetual wars, to name just a few— does anyone expect humans to be around for anything close to 135 million years? It would not take much to start a devastating World War III that would wipe out much of the Earth’s human population.

Humans have sown in so many different ways the seeds of their own ultimate destruction. Did anyone say anything about humans being the smartest species ever? They should enjoy their intelligence for the short duration they are likely to be around. Humans are so much more creative than dinosaurs were. They are more creative than cockroaches and bacteria, which have been around for far longer than we have. So what’s our problem? What’s wrong?

Read the chapter: Sternberg, R. J. (2016). What’s Wrong and How to Fix it. In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.) Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century (pp. 257-262). Netherlands: SensePublishers.



(Something interesting I found)Posted:Aug 01 2016, 12:00 AM by jlmatelski
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