Yin & Yang: A dynamic whole

Complexity and Dao Series #1

Gemma Jiang, PhD
9 min readMay 24, 2022
Taoist Yin/Yang

Two Kinds of Intelligence

By Rumi

There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,

As a child in school memorizes facts and concepts

From books and from what the teacher says,

Collecting information from the traditional sciences

as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence, you rise in the world.

You get ranked ahead or behind others

In regard to competence in retaining

Information. You stroll with this intelligence

In and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more

Marks on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet, one

Already completed and preserved inside you.

A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness

in the center of the chest. The other intelligence

does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,

and it doesn’t move from outside to inside

through conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a…



Gemma Jiang, PhD

Senior Team Scientist, Colorado State University; Complexity Leadership Scholar and Practitioner; also at https://www.linkedin.com/in/gemma-jiang/