Over recent years people have had a hard time coming to terms with a ‘standard definition’ for both the practice and product of Intelligence.
Throughout my career I’ve witnessed numerous debates about what the ‘correct definition of Intelligence’ is. I remember when I was undertaking academic study into intelligence theory and practice, there would be countless journal articles and research papers discuss the definition of intelligence often at length.
Often these ‘theoretical’ discussions would typically drag on, ad nauseam leaving me none-to-wiser as to the ‘correct definition’ of intelligence.
That was, until I came to realise; there is no ‘correct’ definition for Intelligence.
I’ve heard some authors take a more literal approach of defining Intelligence as ‘actions or processes used to produce knowledge’. While others believe intelligence needs to have certain factors, such as secrecy, prediction, and / or insight. In the end only one thing is clear. There is no agreed one definition for Intelligence.
So, to that end, I’m offering a simple and easy to remember explanation of intelligence to inform our understanding throughout this book. Intelligence is the product of processed information, for action.
Allow me to restate it again, just so we’re all clear of the definition going forward;
“Intelligence is the product of processed information for action.”
I understand there’s likely to be people out there who might not agree entirely with my suggested definition for Intelligence. Guess what? That’s fine. As I said, there is no one definition for Intelligence. This definition is based on our understanding of intelligence, but, like any good intelligence professional – I would suggest you do your own research and perhaps even come up with a definition of your own definition.
For those readers less interested in a theoretical debate of semantics, let’s press on…