"Intelligence is the ability to find and solve problems and create products of value in one's own culture."
Dr. Howard Gardner
HOW IS THE DEFINITION FOR THE 8TH INTELLIGENCE EXPANDED?
While Naturalistic Intelligence was the last added, and then referred to as the 8th intelligence, this site hypothesizes that The 8th Intelligence is the ability to perceive patterns that demonstrate a divine order in the material world, being aware of the intersection of spirit and matter. The Eighth Intelligence is an intelligence that bridges the original seven in Gardner’s theory. An intelligence that not only recognizes and experiences patterns in nature, but also connects those patterns to a divine order that transcends the material. While The 8th Intelligence does indeed experience patterns in nature, those patterns extend to cosmic, spiritual, and existential realms. The 8th Intelligence allows those patterns and connections to be witnessed in the other intelligences.
Sensitivity to the meaning of words, the order among words, and the sound, rhythms, inflections, and meter of words (e.g. poet). (Sometimes called language intelligence.)
The capacity to conceptualize the logical relations among actions or symbols (e.g. mathematicians, scientists).
The ability to conceptualize and manipulate large-scale spatial arrays (e.g. airplane pilot, sailor), or more local forms of space (e.g. architect, chess player).
Sensitivity to rhythm, pitch, meter, tone, melody and timbre. May entail the ability to sing, play musical instruments, and/or compose music (e.g. musical conductor).
The ability to use one’s whole body, or parts of the body (like the hands or the mouth), to solve problems or create products (e.g. dancer).
The ability to interact effectively with others. Sensitivity to others’ moods, feelings, temperaments and motivations (a negotiator, sometimes called social intelligence.)
Sensitivity to one’s own feelings, goals, and anxieties, and the capacity to plan and act in light of one’s own traits.
The ability to make consequential distinctions in the world of nature as, for example, between one plant and another, or one cloud formation and another (a taxonomist, sometimes called nature intelligence.)
The 8th Intelligence is the ability to perceive patterns that demonstrate a divine order in the material world. To be aware of the intersection of spirit and matter.
The natural world provides infinite opportunities to experience these patterns.
Curious to find evidence of The 8th Intelligence in your life?
Listen to The 8th Intelligence Podcast to join the inquiry.
Emily Lauderback Stewart interviews experts in their field to expand Gardner’s definition of The 8th Intelligence, highlighting different applications and experiences of it in real people’s lives.
Episodes will be interviews with different people. The framework for the interviews will be Gardner’s Eight Criteria for Identifying an Intelligence. The intention for the podcast is transparent qualitative research. Can we definitively qualify the expanded definition of The 8th Intelligence from the content of the interviews?
Little did Emily Lauderback Stewart know of the doorway that had opened with her creation of Color in Space, Inc.
Through an unprecedented awakening--a Heroine’s Journey --circumstances unfolded demanding the acknowledgment of this intelligence. Consciousness that was not only unfamiliar, but resisted. Feared even. It has been met with animosity, shame, and ridicule.
Why would this be?
THE FENG SHUI OF COLOR
Color in Space, Inc. was born just about the same time as Emily's abrupt awakening. Through The 8th Intelligence, she bridged her knowledge of scientific (physics) information and intuitive experience. She found that she could easily explain the methodology she developed for architectural color consultation by connecting felt patterns to certain color relationships and attributes. With the felt experience and engagement of the right brain--expansive and in tune with all that is, sensing different vibrations and connections in the body--the linear, left brain uses Sir Isaac Newton’s Color Theory, Munsell’s Color System, and concrete examples to explain the experience the right brain is having.
The patterns Emily experiences as feeling best in architectural color resonate with the patterns she experiences Mother Nature using in Her color designs. With this consciousness, Emily is able to manipulate those patterns for different effects. And most importantly, she is able to explain her experience to be in service to the Planet. We have the ability to enhance the vibration here in infinite ways. This has been how The 8th Intelligence has proven itself to her over and over again.
THE HEROINE'S JOURNEY
In 1990, Maureen Murdock wrote The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness as a response to Joseph Campbell’s model. Murdock, a student of Campbell’s work, felt his model failed to address the specific psycho-spiritual journey of contemporary women. She developed a model describing the cyclical nature of the female experience. Campbell’s response to her model was, “Women don’t need to make the journey. In the whole mythological tradition the woman is there. All she has to do is to realize that she’s the place that people are trying to get to” (Campbell, 1981). That may be true mythologically as the hero or heroine seeks illumination but psychologically, the journey of the contemporary heroine involves different stages.