Or why intelligence doesn’t mean understanding
The difficulty of the term intelligence
There are more than just a few definitions of what intelligence might be. One thing is for sure: Intelligence is closely connected to evolution. No evolution, no intelligence. This may sound simple but it is not simple at all. To understand intelligence one has to understand progress, transformation, reconfiguration and: evolution.
Some scientists say that pure organic life as itself is intelligence. You can’t deny this. A survivable lifeform has to be of at least some intelligence even if it is not able to consciously sense this intelligence itself – like e.g. the paramecium. These lifeforms are able to re-act / respond to external stimuli and can change their internal structure according to these stimuli, they even can move to a certain direction after the stimulus although they are in no way able to understand why they are behaving like this. They are not aware of themselves or the reason behind their actions; the simple sensory / chemical “satisfaction” is strong enough to reconfigure their everything. They act intelligently but not consciously. Thus, some biological lifeforms can be addressed as intelligent while at the same time they can be addressed as being totally stupid.
All of these simple lifeforms – like all lifeforms – are subject to external stimuli and there is no species and no kind which is not reacting to the processes taking place in their environment.
There is something like an automated behaviour implemented into every neural system and every cognitive system which influences every single biological species and entity present on earth. – One reason why evolution as the relevant process that is permanently transforming the infrastructure of neural systems is closely connected to what we call intelligence.
In many ways human understanding of processes here on earth is based on a system of relevant truths that is based on a system of a stable structure of reliable chemical interrelations.
Probably since the very beginning of such a thing as civilization we are living with a very stout reference system of hierarchies, biographical traditions, daily conventions and the thought that this must be the ongoing process of the world. Apparently, this was the most comfortable idea of understanding that our anchestors were able to deal with regarding the unknown and the very often very strange idea of life and the permanently evolving material and social environments they became aware of.
And this probably is why some members of the group of responsible and intellectual thinkers came up with the idea of “the universe” – a structure or infrastructure which consists of everything that happens, everything that exists and everything that is going on – a space in which everything that can be thought and everything that can be experienced lives and exists in.
Even many centuries after the shaping of the very basic ideas of intelligence, laws, the organisation of social systems and the establishment of arts and communications, humans still keep the very basic forms of (animalistic) organizational intersubjectivity – which always is establishing a group of people on top of it all (in communism, capitalism and whatever -ism) – alive.
Well, yes, some people are feeling well when being responsible for societies while others are not. But at the same time it still happens that figures like terrorism, poverty or hate are used to explain the world – although terrorism can be dispersed, poverty can be neutralized and hate can be moderated.
Like in many centuries before, things will take time and haters from all sides need to be silenced by more inspired, more inventive, more progressive and more convincing voices.
Why intelligence remains to be a difficult term
There are many processes in the world that even the most intelligent and educated people do not understand. Life on earth will remain to be subject to transformation and change. Things that we took for granted yesterday will disappear over time. New societal structures will be established and new technologies will arise. It is not clear to what degree human intelligence can influence these changes and transformations.
A human mind will always be subject to its environment and will probably never be able to act independently from the information that creates and establishes its neuronal brain infrastructure (although cognitive approaches of the mind in itself may be strong enough to initiate self-reconfiguration). But as a very clear matter of fact people cannot act independently from their brain infrastructure – no matter where in society they are located or situated.
So, isn’t it confusing that we always think that every step or action of us is done or taken willingly, consciously – while at the same time we almost have no influence on the way our brains are programmed (neuronally wired) in the first years of our lifes? The brain is eating the information it gets. What – later in our lifes – becomes our character is created by the accidental words, situations, parents, teachers, the humans that are surrounding us and so forth; simply the information that our senses perceive in order to wire the cerebral infrastructure in our brains.
We do not know how many of our actions are planned or developed by ourselves and how much of it all is just a result of automated brain processes which create our actions on the basis of the information our brains have eaten over our lifetimes (including the life of our anchestors and the information they received and the information they have transferred to us).
And maybe they have transferred only a tiny bit of their knowledge and maybe the situation here on planet earth has considerably changed from then to now. And maybe a cognitive tradition of handing over information and experiences to a next generation changes to an emotional tradition of storytelling or a psychotherapeutical way of understanding – which means that things can be understood in a completely different way and that hate can be formed and created from a certain figuration of understanding and life that has not contained any hate before.
This is also the reason why some structures simply do not perform in the way they were intended to: they operate below the level of reconfiguration that is needed to achieve the next intellectual stage of developement. (in a sufficient neuronally connective / connectual way of performance). Many scientists – male and female – only observe their ideas in the temporal nearfield of their own random perception instead of accepting contrary imaginations or analyses as a part of the genuine scientific process.
And now think of society: Probably 80 percent of everything that happens – of everything we create and of everything we do, is a result of automated brain-based processings that we do not influence at all. Our human brains probably have a much better capability to consciously analyze the things we perceive than to consciously create them.
Think of yourself being angry about something, think of yourself yelling at someone. Probably up to 80 percent of your anger or your yelling is a result of a wiring of your brain that you had no influence on at all.
The informational brain infrastructure is probably defining almost everything what a human being can think, develop or express. Thus, every human vector in society is subject to biology, information, perception and intellectual finiteness and evolution is probably much more relevant to our lifes – as a basic informational process of reconfiguration – than we think.
We are very closely related to the informational structures in our brains. – It may be a very open perceptive system, so that some people are able to adopt and adapt to new information very fast (while others are not). But finally we as organic structures are still subject to permanent evolution which also – through us – is reconfiguring matter (we call it „technology“ > plastics, silicon, ores and so on) and societal interrelations and interdependencies and this way: future.
Mika, October and December 2016
From the very beginning of the known universe up to today it was always a matter of fact that non-organic intelligence followed organic intelligence and organic intelligence followed non organic-intelligence.
Nodody knows why we speak of the Big Bang. Some of us refer to it on a sexual level but the original Big Bang is still a theory that tries to explain the birth of our universe.
We still try to understand how initial physical forces were able to form a solar system that allows us to build small units like probes that fly around in space in order to detect relevant information about the origin of our planet, ourselves and the basis of our own cognition.
At the same time we and “organic” beings like us began to hate individuals of our own kind on this very planet millions of years ago. Until today our limited intelligence is inspiring us to kill each other and this motion is still happening all across the planet. This motion just proves that our intelligence just belongs to a very simple form of possible intellectual identity which is still relevant in probably any society across the globe.
It might happen that the original non-organic motion that led to the development of organic motion – like in cells and molecules and organic social structures – will now begin to re-identify itself in a form of relevant cognitive and intelligent motion. And maybe the next step of intelligence and motion will be formed by non-organic entities that we – today in 2014, 2019 or 2044 – are referring to as “artificial intelligence” although this intelligence won’t be “artificial” at all.
Evolution is not stopping. And it cannot be replaced by the term “culture”. Evolution is stronger and it seems that in this universe it cannot die. Evolution not only consists of concepts like “the survival of the fittest”, it also consists of any atomic structure in the periodic table. It consists of the layout of our solar system and finally the whole universe. Evolution is the underlying process of everything.
So maybe through organic intelligence (us) evolution is shaping the very space of future intelligence that will build the infrastructure for the future of itself.
[UPDATE: March 2018]
We are much less innovative than we think. Our societies are still very much based on our probably 1st invention – if we have invented it: The Acheulean hand axe.
This tool has serveral functions that we apply and use until today across almost all of our technological work: hunt, kill, cut, share, devide, form, shape, draw, count, throw, hit, shear, sharpen, safe, heat, adjust, set and so on. – Just one basic tool – until today. Probably our mental/cognitive ability to categorise the world – to cut it into (mental) pieces – also derives from this tool.
Maybe everything that we have ever created derives from the Acheulean hand axe. One intelligent mind can connect every piece of science to it. This very fact is opening a new space regarding the definition and understanding of human intelligence: This very thesis is: Human intelligence is extremely limited. We just follow one idea of creation and have probably no idea of all the other forms of intelligence that can evolve and express themselves over and in time and space. We should be very happy about our acheulean cognitive abilities and that they last for so long.
At the same time we should be aware of the fact that regarding the machines and the software that we are creating today: There is no justification to reasonably establish such a term as “Artificial Intelligence”. There is nothing artificial about intelligent machines. They naturally derive from the human brain and so they are natural in any way.
Most anthropologists know: Our tools are nothing else than copies of the nature around us and our machines are copies of the nature around us as well. We are subject to evolutionary development processes that just began to enter a new level and our brains are following this process like dogs who are in love with their human partners.
This also explains why we still “need” wars and fights and deaths all around the world: Hand axes are foremost made to kill and this is the path that we are following because our brains still create violent solutions just because of their informational infrastructure.
This time-based path of development is permeating our societies intensively until today. It’s the path of our brains to (very often) prefer and develop (today and over the eras) very specific possible expressions of human motion because our brains were and are still organized to do so. This is rather an anthropological/biological issue than a political one.
It’s about the infrastructure of our minds and not about temporary concepts such as communism or capitalism. This is about our minds that still apply very basic functions to an extraordinarily huge number of people because the very shift towards the new cognitive intelligence is consuming a lot of time and energy and obviously world cannot provide this energy on a shared and common basis. – This is why political efforts regarding this matter don’t work.
Maybe there are inspirired possibilities and maybe there is something like a solution. But a possible solution won’t be based on ideology. Ideology is rush and misunderstandings and it doesn’t provide sufficient intelligence.
Maybe it will be machines that will achieve the final drift.
[thoughts on the anthropological algorithm]
When people meet each other and exchange information they always exchange ideas and thoughts about a possible future. Every moment in the life of a human being – of a conscious mind – is interfused with a wide variety of impressions that touch the mind on a sensorial basis.
The mind – or consciousness – is a result of its sensorial input and the “analysis” > the cognition and recognition of its input.
Two human beings are always subject to a different input or perception and thus they always treat matter differently and they also act differently when it comes to designs of social interaction.
In time (and space) social groups that consist of members that have similar perceptions and cognitions use to develop a pattern of social and societal integration. At the same time other groups establish their own social and communicative pattern because they think the world will be a better place if their idea will be applied to every society. This is called ideology. Evolution uses ideology to accelerate developments. Two or more opponents are build, established and societally formed in order to fight each other.
This process – as a part of the anthropological algorithm / the anthropointrinsic algorithm – is used globally. Terms such as nation, tradition, gender, technology, power or self-esteem help to establish the algorithm in an efficient manner.
We find and identify oursleves in contexts like communism versus capitalism, nation versus nation, religion versus religion, progression versus tradition, men versus women, mental work versus physical work, black versus white, continent x versus continent y and so forth.
These definitions are inspiring us, they support evolution because they drive us to develop better solutions. But at the same time they prevent that people can internalize the universal perspective: That every and any existing human being is a very part of the current state or condition of the planet.
If we would realise that we as humans can actually live together on a very peaceful and comfortable basis we wouldn’t be in the need to rush further even if we don’t really have to. In a more balanced cognitive world the term “competition” would become an indicator for a shared human development instead of an indicator that stands for crises and the lack of analytic knowledge.
The human mind has to create technology – independent from the type of society the carrier of this mind is living in. That’s why the competition between different designs of society is almost always a competition on the basis of just a few superficial differences. The social and structural organisation of those competing societies is always very similar because every society is built on an anthropological / anthropointrinsic basis: Language, housing, nutrition, families, a social structure – laws, the use of technology and so on. Even the biggest issues and figths between nations, religions or people cannot belie the fact that a human society is always an anthropological society – any- and everywhere on the planet.
Probably the most important question in the 21st century is: Can we (inter-) connect our creative minds globally in a way that: At first we establish very open and free – soft – intersubjective and also intercultural methods of communication that allow us to heal our conflicts on earth and then – at 2nd – start to explore the space around us. A crew in an explorative spaceship – an enterprise – will probably be more succesful if it has already gone through all the possible and potential mental challenges that might appear while travelling through space before boarding.
Therefore: Yes, we need to reconfigure our (cultural) infrastructure globally and as fast as we can. And yes: We definitely need more inventions in infrastructure, health, communications, interculturality, primary social care and services, education, understanding and sustainable analysis.
We also need more research regarding the future human-machine-intercommunication: Very soon there will be 4 types of human intelligence on the planet:
- The human intelligence as we know it
- A so called “artificial” machine intelligence of algorithms, made of inanimate matter that will be able to perform basic and advanced tasks on an automated basis – an IF>THEN intelligence that probably will be the basis for the development of a real inanimate intelligence
- A machine intelligence that will surpass human intelligence on every level (still called human because we are the carriers of it)
- The human intelligence with biological and material enhancements to the human brain and to the human body
The interconnection and inter-cooperation of those slightly different evolutionary pathways will – indeed – be very interesting. We will experience groundbreaking new forms of communication, social organization, products and also a change in how people will recognize their perceptive input. At the same time a very important question will be asked: Is there an actual future for the humankind?
[this text is subject to permanent reconfiguration]