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|Posted By: Jay Powell on February 8, 2014|
|Dear Dr. Spencer,|
I just finished encountering a presentation by Dr. Alex Wissner-Gross who has developed an interesting mathematical definition of "intelligence.'
His definition is a mathematical equation that produces an increase in future options.
This definition ties beautifully into your discussion of the impact of "cultural deprivation" upon poor people, whose objective is survival more than increasing options.
Survival focus leads poor families to attend more on social control than upon emergence. The school must compensate by education for empowerment that requires emergence of insightful mindfulness.
My research as an educator has attended to the rationales behind "wrong" answers and the use these rationales to develop emergent insightfulness of "mindfulness."
My book (Powell, Jay C. , 2010. "Making Peasants into Kings." Bloomington, IN : Author House; ISBN: 978-1-4490-0634-1) is a semi-autobiographical account of this procedure as I developed it and of its success.
There is a fascinating synergy here.