Monday, August 11, 2008

Interesting shit about the nature of intelligence

[ All of this material was found on ]

from what is intelligence? (longer definition)
Ultimately, all intelligence is systemic since the OUTPUT of each PROCESS becomes the INPUT into other processes.

* Learning is the transformation of information (input) into knowledge useful for predicting future events (output)
* Knowledge = information + transformation (imagination, reasoning and idiosyncratic construction of meaning, relevance and value).
* Technology is the application of knowledge to the environment
* Innovation is the process of introducing new technology into an environment for use by others.
* Creativity is the application of imagination to produce something new.
* Reasoning is the systematic process of comparing facts (differences in information) to reach conclusions (motives, decisions, convictions).

Given these definitions, learning, knowledge, reasoning, imagination, creativity, innovation, fun, evolution and technology are subprocesses of intelligence.

from other definitions of intelligence
Ray Kurzweil (19??- ): Intelligence is "the ability to use optimally limited resources, including time, to achieve a set of goals (which may include survival, communication, solving problems, recognizing patterns, performing skills). The products of intelligence may be clever, ingenious, insightful, or elegant."

from six ways to increase intelligence
* Increase the diversity of input (varieties of sensory perceptions)
* Increase the diversity of transformations (multiple meanings / interpreations / metaphors)
* Increase the diversity of output (expression / application)
* Improve the conditions of the physical support systems (body, environment)
* Remove or reduce the environmental factors which inhibit intelligence (labels, bureaucracies, etc.)
* Increase the environmental factors which support intelligence (trust, communities, unpredictability, communication technologies, etc.)

Bureaucracies are designed to reduce intelligence by limiting information (input) and conditioning pre-defined interpretations of value, authority and procedures (transformations) while increasing obedience and efficiency (output).

from some definitions re: RESTRAINT of intelligence
maturity n. The state or quality of being fully grown or developed.

My observations re: immaturity -- "immature" is so often regarded to have negative connotations. But what is so bad about constantly being in a state of growth and development? I'll be immature forever, thank you very much.

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