3.1. What is intelligence?
A definition should be unambiguous, fundamental (=natural) and deterministic (=implementable).
Intelligence is a natural phenomenon, which can be described as the extent to which one is able to organize autonomously:
• Basic intelligence: the extent to which one is able to autonomously avoid chaos, to autonomously create order and to autonomously restore order;
• Creative intelligence: the extent to which one is able to autonomously create or improve a beautiful piece of work or a functional system. (See the Appendix to learn about the Chinese verb for “to create”);
• Semantic intelligence: the extent to which one is able to autonomously interpret one another's meaning or intention, and to autonomously convey one's meaning or intention to others;
• Self-intelligence (consciousness, self-esteem): the extent to which one is able to autonomously recognize and organize one's own influence on the environment.
The extent to which one is able of autonomously organizing, explained in more detail:
• Grouping (combining) of individual or separate objects, with the aim of achieving a goal that can not be achieved by either of those objects separately;
• Separating (differentiating) compound or intertwined objects, with the aim to clarify the situation, by putting them in their own context;
• Archiving of obsolete information, separating current from obsolete information;
• Planning future actions, setting goals and anticipation to changes;
• Foreseeing possible consequences: Using knowledge and experience to predict possible consequences of planned actions (own plans and planned actions of others);
• Learning from mistakes: Using knowledge and experience to determine the course of a mistake, and to avoid making this kind of mistake in the future.
Meaning is a subset of intelligence:
• Grouping, which is the process of creation;
• Separating, which is the process of understanding;
• Archiving, which is the process of omitting;
• Planning, which is the process of governing.
The remaining two capabilities of intelligence (foreseeing and learning from mistakes) require feedback, the use of knowledge and experience. This part of intelligence is called: Wisdom.
I am implementing grouping, separating and archiving in Thinknowlogy as much as possible, while leaving the implementation of the remaining capabilities to future generations.