extelligence - its origins and meaning
. . . dogs, dolphins, squid have intelligence inside; for us humans . . . we have more intelligence outside than inside . . . our intelligence is only marginally greater than that of chimpanzees; it is extelligence that has driven our cultural growth and technology . . .
"Extelligence is all of the 'cultural capital' that is available to us in the form of tribal legends, folklore, nursery tales, books, videotapes, CD-ROMs, and so on. However, 'extelligence' is not just a matter of 'keeping a record'. The intelligence of each individual allows them not only to access the cumulative body of extelligence, but to add to it or change it . . . the crucial feature that makes it worth inventing a new word to describe it is that extelligence functions in both directions. It is not just a passive recipient of human knowledge. It is a driving force that can affect our behaviour. If you need examples, consider Karl Marx's Das Kapital or the Bible."
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