Intelligence in English means the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Intelligence in Science (typically Science is asking questions and then verifying ways to answer them) is now based on understanding
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and studying and working in these fields.
The intelligence is a brand owned by people who have shown superiority in STEM and have incredibly large number of direct and indirect fans. The direct fans try to imitate the life of the person who they worship and indirect ones use the results of the success of that person to prove their point.
This brand of intelligence has acquired special characteristics over the years. In the time of internet and social media, these characteristics have grown stronger, and are immune to change.
The first characteristic of brand of intelligence is that they are at times self-professed or at times lucky to be experts in STEM. Innovations and inventions are the cornerstone of STEM and every day in this century, more and more people are exclaiming to have started or found new things. As soon as people invent or innovate, they are the experts and will declare their dominion.
The second characteristic is that the owners of this brand cannot be challenged. Whatever they know cannot be discredited or proved false. For example, in science whatever has been proved is now indestructible, and if you are one of those who wants to bring out fallacies of those proven theories, you are not the intelligent one.
Maths is a subject which can never be wrong. Some even say “Maths is Maths”; how can it be wrong? Everything that has been said or done in STEM is always right, especially if it is to prove someone weaker or insufficient.
The third characteristic is that the owners of brand cannot be expected to be morally accurate. They can be totally materialistic, exploiting other people’s weaknesses and judging other people and condemning them. If you point them to be morally corrupt, then you are the sinner as you have no proof and you want to deprive them of their source of living.
The fourth characteristic is that these owners cannot be held responsible for the results of the inventions or innovations they do. Till date, the technological advancements have brought far more negative impacts or destruction, but the people involved in bringing out cannot be blamed because they brought something new to the table that could benefit a lot. When computers were invented, everyone thought that workload will become less, but it is the opposite now.
These technology driven companies think employees as computers now and believe they can work unlimited without stopping. Homes are now rest-rooms where people come back to sleep or have sex. But you cannot blame these technology driven companies for the relationship-based life because they provide you money or livelihood which is more important than everything else in life.
Their fifth characteristic is that they can create any kind of distinction or discrimination for their benefit. If some brand owner has been duped by another, then to hurt any new classification can be created or old one can be reinforced. Men are better than women or men can use machines better than women are some which comes up again from time to time, whenever the power positions or money security is challenged.
The sixth characteristic: the owners think that relationships are transactional. It is increasingly becoming a common thing that people involved in STEM think that whatever they do in a relationship, they must be paid back. If someone has hurt them or has taken their money without their approval, they have studies to prove that people hurting them are meaningless or less capable people who cannot be trusted.
The seventh characteristic is that owners of this brand can be rude and offensive. If social media is taken into account, the self-proclaimed owners of the brand can insult you on the basis of the research they conduct, if you put a point contrary to them.
The eighth characteristic is this brand owners think they can measure happiness. They believe they can tell how an individual can be happy. The most absurd result of this belief is that some people of Science think that they have proved that women are happy when they are housewives.
Intelligence came up initially to describe people who could understand things easily or are making efforts to understand objects and people around them. But this intelligence had basic assumption in it that lot of variable exists, so everything isn’t perfect.
With the involvement of STEM, everything is more glorified, whether it is money, accumulation of gadgets or houses or anything that is of value. Though one thing that has remained unchanged is the treatment of women. The belief that women cannot do math or are incapable of using technology or machines is held strongly even today.
Nobody from these owners of brand of intelligence will tell you that if machines or technology cannot be used by half the population, then what is the purpose of the technology. Planes cannot be flown by women because it requires muscle power, then machines make life easier is a sham.
The owners of brand of intelligence seem to be away from the realities of life. They have forgotten that every individual is so unique that in spite of all kinds of research no concrete result can be obtained.
The existence of STEM’s superiority has no bearing on continuation of life. Mature always prevail. It will not destroy life if there are no machines or technology. The history of mankind is proof of that.
The undeniable reality is humans are unpredictable and any individual can achieve anything within the laws of nature. Human values of love, compassion, forgiveness, and trust will always prevail. No robot can replace that.