Re: Sentience

ChuckKuecker (
Tue, 5 May 1998 22:23:22 -0500 (CDT)

At 12:09 5/5/98 -0700, you wrote:
>I've often wondered if a greater ability to understand complexity
>would lead to a different conscious state. Think about it,
>less-intelligent people perceive the world as complex and chaotic,
>more intelligent people see the world as slightly less complex and
>ordered. Does this have some application in Quantum Mechanics? If you
>are observing events at the smallest possible detail things are in
>complete chaos, as that scale becomes increasingly larger things
>become more ordered and predictable. Perhaps consciousness and
>intelligence are one and the same, the ability to observe something at
>a 'larger' scale makes things more ordered and predictable. If
>however you are less fortunate and your consciousness is below average
>the world is a mix of random probability and total chaos. Of course,
>this means the "scale" at which we see things is directly related to
>our ability to handle complexity. Remember it's just a theory :-)


However, I have to question whether low intelligence indicates a 'chaotic'
view. I would expect the lower intelligence would entail a simpler view of
the world. A child begins with a simple view of things around him, and adds
complexity as he grows and learns. A less intelligent person does not learn
as quickly, and would be less sophisticated in his views.

Chuck Kuecker