What are the roots of the Intelligence question, i.e. since when do "humans" think about what "Intelligence" means and where it actually comes from?

I did some digging in the greek philosophy around the topic of "Nous", though it seems the roots go way deeper - unfortunately not finding any proper sources. Hence: Does anyone know about the "Origin of the Intelligence question?"? (Preferably with sources)

  • $\begingroup$ You mean written sources talking about human reasoning ability before Homer and Heraclitus? $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Oct 4, 2020 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ I mean since when humans are able to think about the ability that enables them to even pose this question. In the daily Language usage being called “Intelligence”. $\endgroup$
    – J. Doe
    Oct 4, 2020 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ I.e. I wanted to introduce my essay with the statement: “The question of ‘intelligence’ originates [x year ago] and has made tremendous developments” $\endgroup$
    – J. Doe
    Oct 4, 2020 at 17:24
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    $\begingroup$ My guess is that people were able to since prehistoric times, our brains did not change much since then. I am trying to formulate a question that would be more concretely answerable. $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Oct 4, 2020 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ The term "reason" would be the best to look into. $\endgroup$
    – J.G.
    Oct 5, 2020 at 6:26


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