Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:18

The mystery of human intelligence

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This evening I felt a need to go native; by that I mean listen to African music; I call it going native because my normal music faire is classical music. I came of age in the 1970s Lagos, Nigeria so the music of that era is my music.

Who best represents the music of that period than Fela Kuti?  Thus, I turned on Fela Kuti on YouTube at 10 PM (November 25, 2017) and have been listening to it in the last five hours.

As I listen to this artist's wonderful music, a question keeps going through my mind: how do artists like Fela get their inspiration? What is the nature of creative intelligence? How do these folks do their amazing creative work?

Clearly, Fela is a music genius, just listening to him weave the experience of his age, 1970-1990s,  capturing the zeitgeist, the spirit of the age, the people's pains and suffering, their struggles, their angsts makes me wonder about the nature of intelligence. I do not understand intelligence at all.

What exactly is the nature of human intelligence? I wish that someone who knows could enlighten me.

By intelligence I do not mean the rubbish talked about by Western psychologists who pretend to know what intelligence is and thus can measure it. They know diddlysquat about intelligence; their measurements really do not measure intelligence. Okay, may be they measure the ability to learn but beyond that they do not know what intelligence is.

And lest I appear to be defensive and putting Western psychometricians down let me say that by their own measurement I am supposed to score in the genius range (IQ above 140 is considered genius).

I would really appreciate it if an African who knows what intelligence is can enlighten me. He or she should not talk to me about Western intelligence ideas for I know that stuff upside down and have no regard for it.

How do people know what they know; what is in people that makes them know? Looking at the human body it certainly is not that much different from that of animals' bodies yet we have the capacity to study and understand our universe.

How do we do this kind of thing, know stuff? Human beings really are a mystery to me, especially the very bright ones. I am also a mystery to me! How do I know what I know, by studying? Give me a break, will you. I can, right now, without consulting text books teach you all you need to know to do well on the subjects that come easy to me and that I am interested in: physics, psychology and philosophy. I do not know how I do it.

I do not believe that most people know how they know what they know. So, I would like someone who understands how we know what we know to please explain it to me. I prefer a non-western perspective on this subject (African and or Asian perspective is welcome).


Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD (University of California)

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November 26, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176