and what is life besides problem solving? seriously?
example: you know the quadratic formula (x = (-b+- sqrt(b^2-4ac))/(2a)). you've seen a bunch of examples of how to solve it.Doesn't have to be. Using a unique solution to a problem is creative, but problem solving in and of itself isn't inherently creative.
then you're taking a test, and you come across a problem y=x^4+2x^2+1. Si says you can't solve it with the quadratic equation because it's not in the right form. so you use N, and figure out that you can use a=x^2 b=2x and c=1. then you can solve it.
i know not all intelligence is math. but it even works interpersonally. say you're disagreeing with someone, and neither of you are using N functions. you'll continue to disagree forever. but if someone realizes (N) that you're starting from different premises, you can reword some stuff, and come to consensus.
you HAVE to use N in a lot of situations, or you won't get very far. i guess if you live a life where everything is given to you, it doesn't really matter. but success != intelligence.
"Intelligence is an umbrella term used to describe a property of the mind that encompasses many related abilities, such as the capacities to reason, to plan, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend ideas, to use language, and to learn. There are several ways to define intelligence. In some cases, intelligence may include traits such as creativity, personality, character, knowledge, or wisdom. However, some psychologists prefer not to include these traits in the definition of intelligence."
knowledge, planning, and using language don't necessarily depend on N. but the rest of the traits do.