3.1. What is intelligence?
A definition should be unambiguous, fundamental (= natural) and deterministic (= implementable).
Intelligence is a naturally occurring 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. In the Chinese language, the verb “to create” directly refers to God's creation of Adam: “dust”, “mouth”, “life” and “able to walk” (YouTube: Genesis hidden in the Chinese language - Part 2);
• 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:
• Associating (= combining) of individual or separate objects, with the aim of achieving a goal that can not be achieved by either of those objects separately;
• Discriminating (= 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;
• 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;
• Planning future actions, and setting goals;
• Foreseeing possible consequences of those planned actions, and predicting possible consequences of planned actions of others.
Intelligence in its most basic form – the heart of intelligence:
• autonomously associating, which is the process of creation;
• autonomously discriminating, which is the process of understanding;
• autonomously archiving, which is the process of omitting.
I am implementing this heart of intelligence in Thinknowlogy, while leaving the implementation of the other capabilities to future generations.