Is this child intelligent? In one sense, she did not behave very intelligently. After all, many animal-lovers know that overfeeding fish is a bad idea, and this child did not know that. Many people would try to find out as much as possible about caring for fish in advance, and this child did not do that,
either. Intelligence, according to this point of view, is a quantity that can be measured and compared with that of other people. It has to do with performance on certain tasks, often some form of objective test. Somehow, this view of intelligence does not seem satisfactory. Think about people you know who have very high IQs and yet do not seem to know how to take care of themselves. Is it fair to say that they are intelligent?