"For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant" (Is 42:14)

Day 28: Naturalistic Intelligence

Ebbinghaus Optical Illusion: The figure reveals to us that how human senses perceive and how human brain interprets images do not always match. This is called 'misperception', and that is really what illusions are–misperceptions or mistaken beliefs. Notice that the two orange circles are exactly the same size. Yes, they are. Check it yourself by resting the orange circles at the top edge of your screen. But then no matter how you look, the orange circle on the right always appears to your eyes larger. No wonder it is called an illusion. You may have noticed during a full moon that it looks bigger when it is close to the horizon than when it is up in the sky. That too is an illusion for, certainly, the size of the moon is always fixed. 

r Howard Gardner (born July 11, 1943, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.) is an American cognitive psychologist and author, best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. There’s an entire intelligence type called naturalistic intelligence. Ecological conversion could come as a result of this intelligence type which requires using our mind in a new way. A musically gifted person appreciates music in a whole new way compared to others who may not be as gifted. This is the same with a person who is strong in naturalistic intelligence. He or she looks, feels and thinks about the world in a different way.

In his book Frames of Mind (1983) is the proposition that individuals have the potential to develop a combination of eight separate intelligences, or spheres of intelligence:

1. Visual-Spatial Intelligence (Visual and spatial judgment)
2. Linguistic-Verbal Intelligence (Words, language, and writing)
3. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Analyzing problems and mathematical operations)
4. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Physical movement and motor control)
5. Musical Intelligence (Rhythm and music)
6. Interpersonal Intelligence (Understanding and relating to other people)
7. Intrapersonal Intelligence (Introspection and self-reflection)
8. Naturalistic Intelligence (Finding patterns and relationships to nature)

On day twenty-eight of the Season of Creation, let us self-introspect how we have cultivated naturalistic intelligence. 8thWorker.us


  1. Nature is amazing to behold especially seeing microscopically the same pattern in macroscopic view. How great and creative is our God of order and wonder!

    Is there a person who have all these spheres of intelligence?

    1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful take on this day's Season of Creation! That is a hard question... perhaps even if one has all the spheres but like a juggler one could only toss into the air and catch a number of objects in order to keep at least one aloft in the air while handling the others. In short we can have these at varying degrees at different periods and circumstances. GBU!

  2. Gardner expanded our capacities for inclusiveness and empathy🥰 I read Gardner in 1998 during my MA in Values Ed, helping me to bring up four unique individuals to happily bloom distinctly. As teachers it is good to practice our own intrapersonal, interpersonal and naturalistic intelligences as essential competencies for a culture of Laudato Si’ 🌹🌻🌷🌼

    1. Thanks so much for sharing how you have discovered your gift which trickled down to four others discovering their own and I believe many more people beyond reckoning! GBU!


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