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Blue is NOT the Smartest Color



Blue has always given off this air of being the most intelligent color. It's in its characters, factions, and even its game-play. But is this really the truth, is Blue the smartest color. Considering you saw the title you know where I stand, a strong statement sure, but one that I believe needs to be talked about. This idea that Blue is the color of intelligence is a damaging notion, one that discounts the capacity the other colors hold for this trait, one that even extends into our own world and views on what intelligence is.


Have you been called dumb before because you failed to grasp calculations, yet your mind wanders to the deepest parts of existential thought. Have traditional measurements of intellect left you feeling lacking, yet you understand your own body to the extent that allows you to manipulate it with ease? In this article I want to break apart your notions of intelligence and get you to think outside of the box, in order to find the truth about intelligence, not just in terms of the color pie but of what intelligence means to you and me.



Blue isn't the smartest colour, it's a lie propagated by logical minds who cannot see past their own biases towards humanities capacity to learn and understand. Intelligence is not some general ability tied to solving puzzles, doing math and analyzing data. It can be wise, emotional, contextual, kinetic, natural, existential and more. While Intelligence is one of the most talked-about subjects in psychology, no standard definition can truly be agreed upon.


Some researchers have suggested that intelligence is a single, general ability, while others theories that intelligence encompasses a range of aptitudes, skills, and talents. Blue would have you reject such notions as it places intelligence in a small box, a general intelligence if you will, but the truth that it's more intangible than that, just as consciousness is not so neatly defined, intelligence cannot be so either.


If Intelligence is defined as the ability to think, reason, and understand, then is it not shaped by the minds who interact with these actions, instead of some single form that is defined only by one view of it? If we were to rate the acquisition of knowledge as intelligence then would wisdom not be a form of intelligence. Wouldn't the deeper understanding of our bodies and minds be as well.



Could it not also take the form of mastery's learned that open the world and its secrets to us? Intelligence doesn't have to be some by the numbers concept rigidly held together by logic. Just like every aspect of the human mind, nothing is as it seems. With this aptitude we call intelligence, we can measure the heights of the human capabilities, of which it can take many forms.


Blue is not the color of intelligence. It is the color of perfection, improvement and iteration. It is a color of tools and processes. In his 2015 article True Blue revisited Mark Rosewater says this about the color: “Blue wants perfection. Blue believes that each and every one of us is born a blank slate with the potential to become anything.” Perfection, as he states is the goal, not intellect, or knowledge.



Such things are in truth ways for it to achieve this state, but if any others exist Blue will take them. The best way to look at knowledge and Intellect in the context of Blue is as tool for achieving this lofty goal of perfection and nothing more. Furthermore knowledge and intellect are tools just as readily available to the other colors in order for them to achieve their own goals.



It is not something that Blue has and the others do not. Black and its ambitions can just as well be facilitated by such a tool, green and its vast outlook relies on such a tool as well to better understand the world around them. Blue does not have a monopoly on this trait or tool, speaking in terms of humanity, shared knowledge is what makes us stand above the other the animals we share this planet with, it is an inherent tool to our species, and no matter our makeup it's available to us all, it's a matter of our desire to access it.


Blue isn't the smartest color. Blue holds no prerequisite for intelligence any greater than any of the other colors. In fact Blue can be dumb in ways that the others are intelligent. Such a claim that Blue is the smartest color would be to discount the intelligence of the other four. As if such a trait was some binary thing that you either have or do not. Intelligence, instead, is a spectrum, a varied trait that can take many forms depending on the individual.


At least that is what the psychologist Howard Gardner believed, and I am inclined to agree. In a stark rejection to the classic view of intelligence, the one we attribute to Blue all to often, that of the purely logical, or that of General intelligence, Gardner proposed the theory of 9 intelligence's. His perspective was that the standard understanding of intelligence was too constrained and rigid, asserting that IQ evaluations frequently failed to capture other types of "intelligence's" individuals could possess.



So if Blue is not the smartest color, then what does that mean for the others? For this let's go back to Gardner who said


“On the basis of research in several disciplines, including the study of how human capacities are represented in the brain, I developed the idea that each of us has a number of relatively independent mental faculties, which can be termed our 'multiple intelligence's.'”

I believe that by leveraging this theory we could prove that each color is smart in its own right, just in ways different than how we traditionally define the intelligence of Blue. To exercise this notion I have picked two forms, out of the 9 he proposed, for each color that best represent the kind of intelligence they are capable of. So let's start with Blue's neighbor to the right, so we can define the intelligence of the color pie.



Black is an ambitious color who wants the most from this life, and intellect is just as much a tool for Black in this regard as Blue. The types of intellect that Black relies on to achieve its lofty goals are ones that facilitate its outlook, ones based in self first, and the manipulation of others second. As such it is a mixture of Intrapersonal and Linguistic intelligence. Intrapersonal Intelligence, is the skill to understand oneself.


In contrast to empathizing with others, someone with high intrapersonal intelligence seamlessly accesses their own motivations and comprehends what drives them. This type of individual is good at setting and achieving goals based on their own understanding of self. Black also relies on Linguistic intelligence, which focuses on an individual's adeptness in using language proficiently. It is the skill of expressing ideas accurately using appropriate words and represents a unique form of intelligence adaptable to various contexts. It encompasses an astute ability for creative writing, public speaking and persuasiveness.



Red is a color with a fine understanding of its actions and emotions, as such it is a color of Kinetic and Interpersonal intelligence. People with high kinesthetic intelligence display exceptional coordination, dexterity, and spatial awareness, allowing them to excel in activities that require physical manipulation, such as sports, dance, or crafts.


Moreover, this intelligence extends beyond physical activities, as it also involves a keen understanding of how to interact with and manipulate the environment around them. Interpersonal Intelligence, often referred to as emotional intelligence, signifies the integration of intellect and emotional understanding. Individuals adept in this intelligence can astutely perceive the emotions of others and interpret their intentions, a proficiency deeply rooted in both verbal and non-verbal communication skills.



Green is a wise color with a deeper understanding of the greater forces around them and that of the natural world, as such it's a color of Naturalist and Existential intelligence. Someone endowed with naturalistic intelligence possesses the ability to comprehend and engage with the natural world. Their knowledge extends to the intricate dynamics between plants, animals, and the interconnectedness between these organisms and humans.


Their adeptness might include the recognition of patterns in natural environments, understanding of biological systems, and a profound connection to the environment that extends to endeavors such as environmental science, agriculture, conservation, or even animal behavior studies. Existential intelligence represents an individual's capacity to delve deeper into contemplating the human condition. It encompasses the ability to engage in meta-cognition; individuals possessing high existential intelligence not only ponder life's fundamental questions but also possess a keen awareness of the complexities and nuances of existence. They often grapple with issues concerning meaning, and purpose, seeking to understand the human experience at a profound level.



White as a color is one focused on the types intelligence that values social harmony, working effectively in groups, and maintaining order within a collective, as such it leans into interpersonal and logical intelligence. We have spoken about interpersonal intelligence, but in this context it is less about the understanding of individual emotions, but rather what drives larger groups of them.


It is a type of intelligence based more so in sociology which is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. White also shares logical-mathematical intellect with Blue, but once again this context has a wider more human scope. It is the finding of patterns and logical outcomes for a given civilization. It is the crafting of laws, and the establishing of systems to govern.



This brings us full circle to Blue, a color who takes on our traditional view of intellect, as such it's the color of logical-mathematical intelligence as well as Visual-Spatial intelligence. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence is a type of intellect that pertains to one's capacity for solving mathematical or logical problems, identifying trends and patterns, and of quantitative reasoning. Those with this intelligence exhibit a thinking process characterized by a significant emphasis on order and sequence, enabling them to think in abstract and conceptual terms.


Visual-Spatial Intelligence is a form of intelligence that refers to an individual's capacity to create, comprehend, and mentally manipulate visual information. It involves not only perceiving images but also the ability to interpret and work with spatial relationships effectively. Additionally, they demonstrate a heightened capability in visualizing and creating mental images, aiding them in problem-solving and innovative tasks.



Blue is an intelligent color, but no more intelligent than any of the others, it's just with our limited frame of mind that we believe only logical forms of this trait are valid. By looking to alternative approach's to measuring intelligence, we can better frame the the complexities of the human mind. What I mean is that it's impossible to be proficient at everything, thus we focus on forms of intelligence that benefit us most in everyday life.


Perhaps we are more Black focused, as we have lofty goals that require us to not only to understand our motivations, but to manipulate the motivations of others to our favor. Or it could be that we take on the least traditional forms of intelligence in the way that Red does, we understand our body and our heart better than most. Or it is in Green where we have taken to learning and understanding our finite place among the infinite. We could not hope to fully understand one of these concepts fully and still expect to be proficient in all the others.


It takes time and focus to learn any one of these pieces of intelligence. So some general measurement of our intellect could never hope to capture the vast array of proficiency's available to the human mind, and as such the same applies to the color pie. No one colour is inherently smarter than the rest, they each are expressions of intelligence formed by their core motivations. So look deep down and ask yourself what forms of intelligence best represent the kind of person you are?


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