Intelligence is the mental capacity to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn.
I had a little thought experiment the other day, and I thought I'd share it here.
If we define knowledge as knowing something, as in, a piece of information, no matter how small or seemingly irrelevant, then, can we say that intelligence is an emergent thought pattern stemming from the collected memories and information the brain has stored?
If the brain works in such a way that it pattern matches things in the way it deems logical(where that logic itself is based on other knowledge again), then it all makes sense because intelligence could just be an advanced pattern matching process.
For instance if a person is very good at learning math from a young age, then the person MUST have had some sort of memories stored that makes him capable of pattern matching logically how math works.
You can't imo get intelligence if there is a lack of knowledge.
Just "being intelligent" without any sort of physical reason for it seems silly to me.
Also, while there may be people that have "faster" brains, as in, there is a physical "fault" in the brain that makes the person think faster, then that is not included in this thesis.
But regardless, it makes sense to me that intelligence for the most part is just a low level property of knowledge / memories.
The pattern matching process could also be based on knowledge, as everything that the brain does could, so that at least we come a little closer to defining what intelligence is.