Greek Philosophy. mind or intellect.
Neoplatonism. the first and purest emanation of the One, regarded as the self-contemplating order of the universe. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nous)
"'You treat the light right and she won't give you any trouble,' said Whittnish. 'All you need is patience and a bit of nous.'"
- M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans (2012)