So, what's your take on traditional intelligence, general intelligence and mathematical intelligence? I've used the terms interchangeably, although there are differences.
Do you desire to be intelligent in a traditional, g-factor way? If not, why so?
Very long time ago (15 years) I was a firm believer in the general intelligence ONLY, and I thought it was much the same as mathematical intelligence, just with small nuances in definition.
I've followed much of the criticism against the concept, but my position has stayed almost the same. I believe that while high IQ is needed to enter some fields or to do some tasks, and it's also an indicator of superior performance in many things.
There's additions too. I believe now that many areas of life are filled with high-IQ folks, and high IQ isn't a distinguishing factor between them. Ever higher IQ gives diminishing returns in most of the stuff people do. In those cases, EQ or emotional intelligence, is more important.
At the end of the day, I want high IQ and mathematical intelligence for myself more than I do want EQ, even though I can see the benefits associated with increased EQ. High IQ just feels desirable to me. I really believe that high IQ can do good, but I also stubbornly believe it SHOULD do good. I'm being irrational and stupid here, but really, that's how I feel.
Then I see what the world is today and feel that I'm striving for something that isn't really useful anymore. I think the IQ has lost it's glamour. Then again, I just love understanding stuff. I'd want to understand more. I'd want to understand everything. In my mind, that's what IQ is all about, so that makes me a fan-boy of IQ.