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The progress of biology has accustomed our minds to the notion that intelligence is not an outside power presiding supremely but statically over the desires and aims of man, but is a method of adjustment of capacities and conditions within specific situations. John Dewey, "Intelligence and Morals" (MW 4:44). John Dewey's lifelong project was increasing intelligence, which he understood to be experience deliberatively transforming itself. This is what explains his activities as an academic, a public philosopher, and an educator.

Instead, he attempts to perpetuate it. The capricious person, on the other hand, in ignoring the environment gives too much play to the organism's whims. Dewey thought a balanced, unifying approach was needed. This he called intelligence, or thinking in its Page 21 fuller sense. " Then he comments, in more straightforward language: "Over and over he formulates his problem as being posed by a dualism; he dealt with the problem by showing that the duality can be reduced to something unitary" (LW 10:xii).

We depend on machines to be routine in their operation, and we sometimes value unvarying human activity. But it is less thoughtful not to consider a variation that would lead to more satisfying results. The more thoughtful person notices possibilities not exhausted by the routine. One who exploits these possibilities is creative. " The capricious person "makes the momentary act a measure of value, and ignores the connections of our personal action with the energies of the environment'' (MW 9:153).

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