This map provides a comprehensive overview of various types of intelligence (or “lines”) across multiple developmental stages, including aesthetic, cognitive, emotional, ethical, gender, interpersonal, mathematical, moral, needs, self-identity, space-time, spiritual, and values. Each intelligence is explored through various stages, showcasing the evolution of human perception, understanding, and interaction with the world.
Here are some highlights from each intelligence type:
Aesthetic Intelligence: This covers the evolution of artistic appreciation and creation, from basic sensorimotor perceptions to deep, personal creative expressions and understanding art’s cosmic significance.
Cognitive Intelligence: It spans from basic sensorimotor learning in infancy to cross-paradigmatic thinking in advanced stages, where individuals synthesize multiple paradigms for a holistic understanding of reality.
Emotional Intelligence: Ranges from basic physiological responses to transpersonal aspects, where emotions transcend personal identity and include experiences such as awe and compassion.
Ethical Intelligence: Moves from egocentric ethical senses to ethics that include care for all sentient beings, highlighting a progression from self-centered to more universal ethical considerations.
Gender Intelligence: Describes the journey from seeing gender as a biological given to transcending conventional definitions and expressions of gender.
Interpersonal Intelligence: Discusses the development from primal bonding in infancy to complex understanding and management of relationships in adulthood.
Mathematical Intelligence: Details the progression from basic number sense and concrete arithmetic to transcendent comprehension involving high-level abstraction and understanding of mathematics as a subjectively-constructed system.
Moral Intelligence: Traces the evolution from basic obedience and punishment orientation to transcendental morality, where moral decisions are made from a perspective that transcends specific societal norms.
Needs Intelligence: Outlines the hierarchy of needs from basic physiological needs to self-transcendence, focusing on connecting to something beyond the individual.
Self-Identity Intelligence: Explores self-identity development from the incorporative self in infancy to stages where individuals have a profound sense of connectedness with all life and transcend ego boundaries.
Space-time Intelligence: Covers the understanding of space and time, from primal immediacy to transcendent vistas that contemplate human existence and consciousness in the cosmic landscape.
Spiritual Intelligence: Describes the stages of spiritual development, from primal faith to mystic-communal stages characterized by a sense of unity and connection with all beings.
Values Intelligence: From survivalistic values focused on basic needs to more complex values embracing interconnectedness and broader human and environmental considerations.
This document is a detailed exploration of human development across various facets of intelligence, offering insights into the progression from basic, instinctive stages to more complex, integrated, and holistic levels of understanding and being.
Note #1 Some stage descriptions are speculated, based on similar developmental capacities of related intelligences, and are awaiting further research. These speculative stages are clearly noted.
Note #2: This Context Map is still being developed, and will be updated over time.
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About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.