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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 capability of autonomously organizing:

Basic intelligence: the capability of autonomously avoiding chaos, creating order or restoring order;
Creative intelligence: the capability of autonomously creating or improving a beautiful piece of work or a functional system;
Semantic intelligence (understanding): the capability of autonomously understanding one another's meaning or intention;
Self-intelligence (consciousness, self-esteem): the capability of autonomously recognizing one's own influence on the environment.

The capability of autonomously organizing explained in more detail:
Associating 1 (= 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 2 (= differentiating) compound or intertwined objects, with the aim to clarify the situation, by putting them in their own context;
Archiving of obsolete information;
Learning from mistakes: Using knowledge and experience to differentiate successes from mistakes;
Planning future actions (= setting goals);
Predicting possible consequences of those planned actions.

This definition looks complicated. However – as a start – the definition can be simplified. In this manner, we are able to implement intelligence in its basic form:

Semantics / meaning forms the heart of intelligence, which can be defined by:
• 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.

1 “AND” function published by George Boole;
2 “OR” function published by George Boole.