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Evolution of intelligence

Post 1


This is all good stuff but something on the origins of intelligence, would be useful and throw everything into a much better context.

Wonko posted a theory of the evolution of intelligence entry A622982, to which I added my own comments.

I can't recall the reference for the work with genetic algorithms and programmable gate arrays, but I picked it up from The Science of Discworld.

Evolution of intelligence

Post 2


while I think that this could be fascinating, how could it be tied in with the rest of this?

Also, a lot more would need to be there.

Evolution of intelligence

Post 3


Okay, the theory goes something like this.

AI is the holy grail of chip designers and software programmers. The first group to succeed in developing a true example of AI will be rich and famous beyond their wildest dreams. However at the moment the development of AI is bogged down with only limited success. I believe that this is because we don't really understand what intelligence is or how it arose in ourselves.

Science has done a lot to push back the boundaries of ignorance and show us just how much we don't know.

However what you've presented in the Theories of Intelligence section is a start on referring to the current state of scientific understanding of intelligence.

You would be correct in assuming that I would follow the General Semantics school in considering intelligence to be an emergent property of life, based on my response to Wonko's article. I hadn't seen this one then.

What I would like to see is a bit more meat on the bones of the theories of intelligence.

I think that Gardener's theories are totally compatible with both the General Semantics and Behaviourist ideas. The only incompatibility is between the behaviourists and the semantics. Is our intelligence a direct product of our interraction with our environment or a separate property that emerged over a period/suddenly as a consequence of our interraction with our environment and ourselves?

I read recently that research shows that although brain cells do die during a persons life, the complexity of a persons brain continues to increase. I can find a reference for the work if you want it.

Evolution of intelligence

Post 4


I remember hearing that thing about the brain complexity as well.

how it works is that brain cells die during your life, but if you have an active life, the increase of the interconectedness of the dendrites more than counteracts this effect.

if you can find the reference for that, then I would be happy to try and find somewhere to include it (possible in the intelligence and learning review).

as regards the incompatability between general semantics and behaviourism, general semanticists would see no incompatability, but I suspect that the behaviourists would find them absolutely incompatable.

Any suggestions for how to extend the theories of intelligence entry?

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