Theory in 2013
Having begun this volume with an imaginary voyage back to 1900, I'd like to conclude by taking a speculative voyage forward to the year 2013. That year will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Frames of mind, and, as it happens, the time when I am scheduled to retire.Should work continue on the theory and the practices of multiple intelligences, what might one expect to observe on that occasion?
Without question, neuroscientists will have established far more firm knowledge about the organization and development of the nervous system. After years of observing mental processes as they actually occur in the living brain, they will be able to describe the neural structures that are entailed in the conduct of various intellectual activities; they will be able to indicate the extent to which these activities are actually independent of one another; and they will know to what extent individuals who are exceptional performers in one or another intellectual realm actually exhibit neural processes that differ from those exhibited by less extraordinary individuals. Genetic studies are likely to reveal whether specific intellectual strengths (such as musical or spatial intelligence) are under the control of individual genes or gene complexes; and studies of identical and fraternal twins reared together and apart will enhance our knowledge of the extent to which different intellectual profiles are heritable.