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The definition of Intelligence I am using is:

...the ability or inclination to perceive or deduce information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context. (Wikipedia, accessed 9 October 2017)

We tend(ed) to think of intelligence as only IQ. Some still do, such as Trump!
But since Frames of Mind (The Theory of Multiple Intelligences) [1983] by Howard Gardner and Emotional Intelligence (Why it can matter more than IQ) [1995] by Daniel Goleman, we are beginning to realise that we can be intelligent in many areas. And so there are many masters in the world, so many areas to master.

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The purpose of the following list of Intelligence Types is to make you aware that there are so many types. So, if people hurl insults at you like "idiot" or "dumbass" or "stupid" or "fool", even if it is true in one area, know that it is likely you are more intelligent than them in other areas.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." (Albert Einstein)

Also, we are probably all beginners and inexperienced at so many things throughout our life!

Further, being a beginners or fool can be 
a desirable state of being!!
In the Tarot, The Fool can represent a high state of consciousness, someone who does not conform and speaks out about injustice, or someone whose childlike curiosity is intact.
In Zen Buddhism, Beginner's Mind is
an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions:

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." (Shunryu Suzuki)

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So, it is about Lifelong Learning = Natural Education.

For the future peace of humanity, I do feel that the most important are ones like EQ (Emotional), Heart Intelligence, Moral Intelligence, and SQ (Spiritual).
  • Angelic Intelligence - "Why should humanity act as if it were the only intelligence? All around, the angelic world is bursting with awareness, full of knowledge and truth that would be of inestimable value to humanity... Why not open out to all of life?" (Dorothy Maclean)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) - The intelligence of machines and robots.
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence - The ability to use the body for skilled self-expression or as a tool for learning. 
  • Child Intelligence - "Western culture is one of the few cultures that demands a monolithic, limited and singular self. The genius of a child is to become what he beholds: a bug, a dog, an aeroplane. A child seeks understanding by incarnating the world. So, as a child, many of you were permitted a manifold self. At a certain point, these different selves were declared unreal, inappropriate - and your genius for identity was truncated. In some, this loss of what I am calling psycho-ecology, of being permitted to have these leaky margins with reality at large, can result years later in terrible pathology and multiple personalities." (Dr Jean Houston)
  • Creative-Active Intelligence [Creativity] - The ability to apply and synthesize knowledge/ skills so as to create and understand.
  • Crystallised Intelligence - Abilities that are the product of experience (e.g. vocabulary, general knowledge). Associated with older people - see 'Cultural Knowledge' in this list.
  • Emotional Intelligence - (EQ or EI) - The ability to recognize one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. (Wikipedia, accessed 14 July 2015) [Also see 'Emotion'.]
  • Erotic Intelligence = Imagination, playfulness, novelty, curiosity, mystery (Notes from ‘The secret to desire in a long-term relationship’ by Esther Perel, TED, 2013, accessed 2015)
  • Existential Intelligence - The sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why we die and how we got here. (Howard Gardner cited by Eve Herndon, posted 6 February 2018, accessed 20 February 2018)
  • Fight Intelligence - Joe Rogan uses the term 'Fight IQ' in MMA commentary for Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi UFC flyweight championship fight, round five (25 April 2015).
  • Fluid Intelligence - Abilities that reflect efficient information processing (e.g. speed of processing). Associated with young people. 
  • Group Intelligence - Social harmony (i.e. social + emotional intelligence) allows the full sharing of skill and is the key factor in making a group successful (see Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, pp.159-163).
  • Gut Intelligence - For me, this is instinctive intelligence and similar to Intuitive Intelligence.
  • Heart Intelligence - The heart as the centre of Divine Intelligence. See The Power of the Heart book by Baptiste De Pape and DVD and trailer and website. Consider: “We have a life to live... The heart has the answers.” (Michael Beckwith, cited here, posted 10 July 2015, accessed 14 July 2015)
  • Imagination as Intelligence - "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." (Albert Einstein)
  • Interpersonal Intelligence - The ability to perceive and understand other people’s feelings and desires.
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence - The ability to clarify personal values and gain insight through solitude.
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  • Intuitive IntelligenceThe ability to know through an inner knowing, a gut feeling, an intuition, and/or psychic abilities.
  • Intellectual Intelligence (IQ) - Cognitive Ability & Logic. Think Spock. See here.
  • Linguistic Intelligence – The ability to skilfully describe the world with words.
  • Logical-Mathematical Intelligence – The ability to represent the world with numeric symbols and manipulate those symbols according to the rules of logic.
  • Moral Intelligence - Instinct for goodness. 
  • Musical Intelligence - The ability to appreciate and use the non-verbal “language” of melody, rhythm, harmony, and tone colour.
  • Peak Intelligence - According to a study by MIT, our intelligence peaks and diminishes in different areas at different ages, e.g. facial recognition (age 30), ability to evaluate emotions (age 40-50). Whatever your age, it is widely thought that the best way to good cognitive health is to lead a mentally stimulating, socially engaged and physically active life. (See BBC, dated 2016, accessed 19 October 2016)
  • Practical Intelligence - A broad term including engineering and DIY skill (e.g. see here) and general ability to handle things very practically.
  • Sense Intelligence - Compare the smell intelligence of a human and a dog. A dog's primary sense is smell, so its ability to handle the world through smell is far more advanced than humans.
  • Service-Purpose Intelligence – The ability to connect to your higher purpose (“why you are here”) and serve God/The Universe and humanity with it. Also see ‘Heart Intelligence’.
  • Social-Relationship Intelligence – The ability to apply Interpersonal Intelligence in the physical world. Also see 'Interpersonal Intelligence', 'Erotic Intelligence', ‘Emotional Intelligence’.
  • Spatial Intelligence – The ability to perceive the visual world accurately and recreate it in the mind or on paper.
  • Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) - "Spiritual intelligence is the central and most fundamental of all the intelligences, because it becomes the source of guidance for the others." (Stephen Covey cited in Wikipedia, accessed 29 December 2012)
  • Unconditional Love Intelligence – the ability to act/feel/think without personal motive/need/condition, to willingly do that which you have to do (i.e. God’s will).
  • Woman Intelligence - (1) "...a genius for seeing the gestalt, for seeing the whole constellation, for seeing the multiplicity of pattern and orchestrating it in such a way that everything works much better." (Dr Jean Houston) (2) "The genius of women is the genius of humanity: the ability to love others more than oneself is the supreme form of intelligence." (Ashley Montagu, The Natural Superiority of Women)
The list is not meant to be exhaustive.

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"A human being is a bottomless pit that can never truly be satisfied by material possessions, social success, pleasure, or even great intellectual achievement. It should therefore come as no surprise that so many extremely intelligent and gifted people end miserably. These abilities and this intelligence allow them to embark on all sorts of ventures they think will lead them to find what they are looking for, but they cannot find it. And the worst part is that they do not know how to interpret their perpetual dissatisfaction. Although they have succeeded in seizing everything they covet, they are still not satisfied, and nothing material will help them fill the void they feel inside like a yawning chasm. 
The only way to fill this void that each of us experiences at one time or another in life, is to have a spiritual ideal. This ideal, which connects us to a higher world, bring us the only nourishment capable of satisfying our spirit and our soul." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
[Learn more at The High Ideal.]

Our intelligence is the sum, the synthesis of the multitude of centres and organs within us, of all these tendencies and impulses that we carry with us from incarnation to incarnation over millions of years; it is a summary of all the faculties and capacities the cells of our body possess. We must understand that the more evolved, sensitive and harmonious our cells are, the more developed our intelligence will be. Intelligence is not a separate, distinct faculty independent from human beings as a whole, from our cells or our organs. This is why correct thinking does not only require an intellectual effort; it is in fact a life discipline. (O.M. Aïvanhov)

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