I suppose this could be interpreted as a philosophical question, but I'm asking it as an English one because I think there's a perfect word for this that's escaping me.

Some words I think are almost right:

Thought is the medium of intelligence.

Thought is the vehicle of intelligence.

Thought is a conduit for intelligence.

Maybe even: Thought is the stuff of intelligence.

I don't feel like any of these nail it though - can someone suggest a word that does? Or is one of the above the best I'm going to do?

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    I don't know that there's any correlation between thought and intelligence... people think a lot of really stupid, incorrect things.
    – Catija
    Jul 13, 2016 at 19:35
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    @Catija I see your point, but on a more elemental level, thinking stupid things is still an exercise in intelligence - just not very strenuous exercise :-P In all seriousness, it's that elemental level that I'm thinking about here.
    – drew moore
    Jul 13, 2016 at 19:45
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    @drewmore Ah yes thank you for bring that to my attention, (comment deleted) Jul 13, 2016 at 19:47
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    @drewmore Ought we delete these?! Jul 13, 2016 at 19:48
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    What @Catija said. The dividing line between [analytical] thought and [often, quite unthinking] emotion is fuzzy, to say the least. Plus there's not necessarily a high correlation between being intelligent and being sensible, and we customarily refer to things like "intelligent control systems" which clearly have no capacity for what most of us would call "thought", so I think if there is an "answerable" question here, it would require OP to define what exactly he means by thought and intelligence. Jul 13, 2016 at 19:53

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Thought is the manifestation of intelligence.

Manifestation - the demonstration, revelation, or display of the existence, presence, qualities, or nature of some ... thing (OED)

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