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2. The fundamental approach of Thinknowlogy

Since the origin of life is subject to discussion, the starting point of all research involved with the origin of life depends on the world view of the researcher: evolution or creation. It includes the way the field of AI and NLP is researched, in regard to intelligence, natural language and laws of nature.

Evolution: Despite exhaustive research, the theory of evolution still hasn't provided a satisfactory explanation for the origin of intelligence, language and laws of nature. Let alone, how they are related. Evolutionists consider the origin of intelligence as one of the biggest mysteries. And they consider the origin of language as “one of the hardest problems in science3;

Evolutionists will focus entirely on data (like keywords), on simulation of neurons and on simulation of behavior.

Creation: In contrast with evolutionists, creationists will try to find the intelligent design that governs the data in a generic way. In delivering a generic solution, the data itself isn't important. The problem is where to find – and how to research – the intelligent design that governs the data.

According to the biblical world view, all natural systems are created by God. It includes laws of nature, to make his creation run like clockwork, in a unified, structured and deterministic 4 way. It means that all natural phenomena must obey the laws of nature, and that laws of nature work in a unifying, structured and deterministic (=implementable) way.

Assuming that God’s intelligent design includes laws of natural intelligence, these laws of intelligence will operate in a unifying, structured and deterministic (=implementable) way. Being deterministic (=implementable), these Laws of Intelligence can be implemented in artificial systems, by a process of reverse-engineering.

I have discovered that natural language is a source of natural intelligence. And because all natural phenomena are designed in a unified way, natural intelligence and natural language may be related. If so, it must possible to identify the natural laws that are obeyed by language (Laws of Intelligence that are naturally present in Language), by which it is possible to reconstruct the language center of our brain, by a process of reverse-engineering.

Furthermore, according to the biblical world view, life and the universe were all designed once. And no improvements were made afterwards. So – if intelligence and language are related – current languages must still obey the same laws of intelligence as was designed in the beginning, regardless of all their differences 5. Then, current languages still must share a common logic.


3 I own a printed copy of the Encyclopædia Britannica, the 1990 edition. On both topics – intelligence and language – it praises the founding fathers of the theory of evolution for their contribution to these topics. But why praising the founding fathers, while their theories haven’t provided a satisfactory explanation for the origin of intelligence, and while language still is “one of the hardest problems in science”?

4 deterministic: “the doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws”.

5 The existence of entirely different languages today, is explained in the bible: “At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words” (Genesis 11:1). During the building of the tower of Babel, God confused the tongues: “Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other” (Genesis 11:7).