AP Language and Composition, Block 2
01 December 2012
The “Innate” Trait
Some may say intelligence is an innate trait, but really intelligence is not innate. Innate means that you are born with it. Intelligence isn’t something that you are born with, as one grows so does your intelligence. If you train your brain in a specific topic it could be math, science, history, etc. you can become more intelligent, but first let’s back track for a bit.
Intelligence. We all have heard of this word. Do we really know what intelligence is? One can grab a dictionary, look up intelligence and it will say that intelligence means “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills”, but it also it all depends the dictionary you pick up they all differ. One thing I pulled out of them was the knowledge one person obtains. When we are born, none of us know how to either walk nor talk, so how in the world are you going to be born intelligent. I mean if someone comes up and gives me proof that their child came out saying the logics of physics, then I’ll stand corrected, but until then there is no proof for me to believe that people are born intelligent.
Newborns. When they come into this world they, day by day, learn about the things around them. A little boy might see an iron for the first time. He’ll touch the hot iron and burn himself, but he doesn’t know better because he’s never come cross an iron before. Once he burns himself he now knows what the iron is and what it can do to him; in that case he won’t touch it anymore. Therefore he learned from his mistake. His mistake being that he touched the hot iron and burned himself and he learned that hot irons shouldn’t be touched. As we experience new things we learn from the outcomes; one reason why people say old folks are wise people, they have gone through so much and have learned about what they have gone through. As we get older we learn new things from our experiences....