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Why do we assume we are the apex of intelligence?

  1. Sep 16, 2013 #1
    In fact, why do we assume we are intelligent.. AT ALL?

    Relativity is a troubling thing for me imho.

    We are intelligent as a species in relation to other species. Species that make us look smart when we're next to them; animals, insects etc. But some people seem to think, regardless of these creatures, we tip the scales of intellect, that we're somewhat at the higher end of the spectrum. Even to the point where we've taken up the authority to dictate what can and cannot exist (wow).

    Hmm.

    So, are we intelligent relatively or absolutely?
     
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  3. Sep 16, 2013 #2

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    It will not hurt to start by defining what you mean by intelligence, as it is not a clear concept at all.
     
  4. Sep 16, 2013 #3
    We are more intelligent than low-level animals. You can't train a monkey e.g writing skill within a specific duration, but you can do that to a human baby of 5 or 6.

    Intelligence can not be defined as a simple math formula, but it can be measured via IQ score which I think is only a sample datum among others to define one's intelligence relatively.

    To me there are no intelligent people (including me), only nice and kind to be friends with.
     
  5. Sep 16, 2013 #4
    If I ask you if you're more intelligent than an ant, you'd obviously answer "yes". For you to answer with "yes" means you at least have some idea of what intelligence is.

    Deconstructing it brings us to the same problem. Processing power (how many functions can happen simultaneously), processing speed (how fast can these processes happen), processing capability (linear, abstract functions) etc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence
     
  6. Sep 16, 2013 #5
    Because we have the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.


    We are at higher end compared to them. Why make a spectrum with only one existing element?
    We haven't. We are trying to find out what does and does not exist which is not synonymous with dictating.
    If a number line exists so does that mean a number greater than all others exist? What's the maxima of y=x ? :tongue2:
    We are intelligent as we have ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
    How intelligent? More than the other species we have seen on Earth.
     
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  7. Sep 16, 2013 #6
    Okay, let's bring in the maths because this is getting a bit subjective/opinionated.

    Consider the simplicity here, where X is intelligence and +n is the amount greater than. So;

    Example: X+n
    Ants: X+1
    Dogs: X+2
    Dolphins: X+3
    Humans: X+10

    Now, the question is so simple: does n have a limit? Yes or no. What is it?
     
  8. Sep 16, 2013 #7
    no kurzweil woo woo

    The limit then becomes a n such that the entity has all knowledge possible(probably constrained by uncertainity principle) and as much skill as possible(constrained by all physical laws).
     
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  9. Sep 16, 2013 #8

    Vanadium 50

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    In the words of Tonto, "What you mean we?"
     
  10. Sep 16, 2013 #9
    "Nature is much smarter than we are."
    - M. Kaku

    Humans.
     
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  11. Sep 16, 2013 #10
    'Nature' is a bit too confining , IMO Universe fits better...but I essentially agree with its essence.
     
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  12. Sep 16, 2013 #11
    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  13. Sep 16, 2013 #12

    Vanadium 50

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    So you speak for all humans, no?

    We get a number of messages of the form "Why do we believe [insert nonsense here]." Often the answer is that "we" don't believe it.
     
  14. Sep 16, 2013 #13

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    This thread started off with religion and derogatory comments then went further down hill with overly speculative woo. Closed.
     
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