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When it comes to our intelligence, is possessing a high I.Q. truly everything? Throughout most of chapter nine in our Lilienfeld textbook we are told all about I.Q. testing and how important it can be in our society (i.e. when we identify the differences in I.Q. between races and gender we may learn how to lessen these differences by helping promote equality throughout all the races). Though Intelligence Quotient testing has no doubt revolutionized areas of psychology, it's still debated if there's more than one type of intelligence.
When thinking about prominent intelligent figures, I know I first think of Stephen Hawkings, Albert Einstein, or other such individuals. If there's truly more than one type of intelligence, then you most certainly would have to regard Beethoven or Mozart as geniuses for their creativity. So, one question is: could Savants (such as the autistic Kim Peek, also known as the Rain Man) be considered geniuses in their own right? Kim Peek has an I.Q. that qualifies him for mental retardation, yet has amazing memory/ability to recall events (watch this video). I believe we need to clarify what makes an individual intelligent before labeling anyone as a genius or as having mental retardation.