Re: intelligence

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Jan 20 2002 - 16:35:15 MST

From: "Ben Goertzel" <>
> The ability to achieve a variety of complex goals in complex

Sounds like a good definition of competence.
I like the definition of intelligence as the ability to solve problems and
correctly answer questions. A competent fungus can achieve a variety of
complex goals in complex environments, with or without the help of an
intelligent mycologist.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as the scientific method
accurately identifies incorrect thinking.

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