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Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:18 pm
by Duncan

I wondered if this scanner community had looked at Howard Gardner's notion of searchlight intelligence?

I discovered Gardner's work recently and the idea resonated with me. He describes searchlight intelligence as someone constantly surveying the terrain, sampling diverse forms of information, monitoring many different elements to make sure that no corner is altogether neglected, and to try to piece together a bigger picture.

It struck me that that there are some parallels with scanning and wanted to seek feedback here.

Warmest regards,

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:02 am
by SquarePeg
Welcome, Duncan!

I hadn't heard of Dr. Gardner before now, but as I "scan" briefly through his bio, I recognize his theory as it percolated through pop culture.

Here's a link to his website for other folks who might be interested:

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:54 pm
by Duncan
I'm fascinated by the idea of the ability to discern connections across multiple domains and see the opportunities for cross-pollination. This feels like an innate talent for me, something I naturally do without hesitation. I imagine scanners have this natural proclivity too.

I think it's always helpful when someone labels these things. Dr Gardner's label, searchlight intelligence, is a first for me, I'd never known how to succinctly describe it before.

Do we know if anyone else has described this particular ability?

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:56 pm
by Elaine Glimme
I think you're right - it's very much something a scanner would do.

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:01 am
by k8k8
Are you talking about making connections?

Which of his books does he write about this in? I couldn't work it out from his website link.

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:41 am
by Elaine Glimme
I don't know the answer to that one. If you find out, please post.

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:09 pm
by elarue
I couldn't find a specific reference either, even with a Google search, but yes, it does seem to be about making connections across domains. Perhaps scanners have several of the multiple intelligences, which is why we make those connections so easily. :-)

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:19 pm
by sandragahlinger
I think the skill is synthesizing - there’s a documentary about Rachel Carson (the writer/author/naturalist...and now that I think about it, she had “good enough” jobs and wrote at night - I’ve been binge watching Barbara’s videos on scanners and just watched the one on making money...I think the light has finally come on for me. I’ve run myself into the ground trying to force myself to “make money” at all my interests and if I can’t, then I must cut them out - ugh. Misery.). Anyway, that’s what made Rachel Carson brilliant - her ability to make connections and synthesize information. I’m familiar with Gardner’s work - never heard the searchlight term, but I like it! I was a school teacher and had to try to teach this skill (synthesizing)...OY! I do it very naturally, like a bee pulling pollen flower to flower to flower...then pulling it all together. But goodness, to teach it?!?! (And I was being observed on one of those days). It’s the thing I enjoy most about being a scanner - I see this as natural to scanners. Could be wrong. It is my happy place, like a pig in mud. I realized in that class, though - that other people have a very hard time seeing like this. I think it’s partially due to what our science books have said for so long - that we’re separate and apart from other things (unlike current science which shows we’re all connected). I also think it’s due to the push toward specialization and factory work.

Re: Gardner's 'searchlight intelligence' ?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:39 am
by Elaine Glimme
Hi, Sandra.