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Naturalist Intelligence

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Recognition, appreciation, and understanding of the natural world around us.  It involves such capacities as species discernment and discrimination, the ability to recognize and classify various flora and fauna, and our knowledge of and communion with the natural world.






Collecting things (particularly butterflies, flowers, leaves, insects - but also other, less "natural" things)


Keeping a pet








Watching nature programmes on TV




Trainspotting (! - especially if also logical)





Interested in aspects of the natural world (animals, plants, insects, archaeology, dinosaurs, etc.).


Fascinated by animals and their behaviour.


Observant: noticing difference in detail.


Groups, classifies and cross-references information.


May "understand" animals.


May have "green fingers".


May be well-organised.





Keep your notes in clear plastic pockets in a ring-binder and re-arrange them regularly.


Find a quiet spot in the garden to do your study or revision


Collect articles and clippings from newspapers and magazines, leaflets, posters, etc. and add these to your file.


If you have a pet, cuddle or play with it while you revise.





Animal care.

Animal training.

Veterinary science.

Biological science.,/p>

Farming & market gardening.



Environmental science.


Food science.

Wine merchant.


Museums and galleries.

Library & information services.


Fashion, sports and leisure retail.






Visit the countryside and allow yourself time to appreciate its colours, sounds, smells, textures, etc.


Visit a garden centre and do the same.


Visit a zoo, looking for similarities and differences between animals. How would you group them?


Take up gardening.





Temple Grandin, although autistic, is Assistant Professor in Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Although she relates uneasily to humans, she is an expert on animal behaviour (particularly cattle) with an intuitive recognition of their moods and a passionate concern for their welfare.


Sir Peter Scott, founder of WWF, was probably dyslexic (he was a slow reader throughout his life and never comfortable with writing) but demonstrated a natural affinity with all aspects of the natural world.


Charles Darwin (biologist)


Linnaeus (originator of the biological classification system)


David Bellamy (TV biologist)


David Attenborough





There is at least one example of a U.S. male who, as the result of localised brain damage, is unable to recall the names and features of animals, despite being otherwise totally unaffected.


Our ability to recognise faces may be closely allied to Naturalist Intelligence. Prosopagnosia (the inability to recognise faces) is a well-defined medical / psychological phenomenon.