Questions and Answers
Coauthored by Joseph Walters
Once the theory of multiple intelligences had been introduced, numerous questions were raised by friendly (and, at times, by not-so-friendly) critics. In this chapter, parts of which were originally coauthored by Joseph Walters, I answer the more common questions, grouping them as appropriate.In the next chapter, I take a more comprehensive look at the relations among the concept of "intelligence" and other efforts to describe significant human achievement.
Your "intelligences"—musical, bodily-kinesthetic, and so on—are what others call talents or gifts.Why confuse the issue by using the word "intelligence" to describe them?
There is nothing magical about the word "intelligence." I have purposely chosen it to join issue with those psychologists who consider logical reasoning or linguistic competence to be on a different plane than musical problem-solving or bodily-kinesthetic aptitude.Placing logic and language on a pedestal reflects the values of our Western culture and the great premium placed on the familiar tests of intelligence. A more Olympian view sees all seven as equally valid.To call some