Re: intelligence

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 07:47:59 MST

I have a very simple definition of intelligence: The need to know or

Given the self-programming abilities of the brain, and the significant
degree by which IQ can be boosted in individuals through nutrition and
training, 'intelligence' is simply an instinctual drive, a component of
the will, to know or understand. How powerful that willfull need to know
is determines how extensively the brain wires itself to compute
understanding effectively enough.

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> From: "Ben Goertzel" <>
> > The ability to achieve a variety of complex goals in complex
> environments."
> 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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