Definition of Intelligence (Listing of 24 Properties)
The scientific method as a technique for truth discovery is a relatively recent invention, having been in existence for less than 300 years. Through its rigorous application, a tremendous amount of information and knowledge has been accumulated during the past 20 or 30 decades. Man's ability to do this is unquestionably related to his ability to store and retrieve information, and is a function of his intelligence. The understanding of intelligence and what it represents has been particularly elusive, and thus has to a large extent been ignored within the scientific world. Few deny the existence of intelligence, but yet no one has satisfactorily integrated the concept into scientifically established principles. Most present-day physical scientists see the world within the framework of quantum mechanics and field theory, and traditionally have tried to define the basic ingredients of the universe in terms of matter-energy and space-time, ignoring the existence of intelligence. The biological sciences have also had little room within their basic theories to account for the existence of intelligence, even though most would not deny its existence.
As more information accumulates within all fields of science, there appears to be an ever-growing uneasiness relative to our inability to explain our perception of present-day experience within existing scientific theories. There has been a proliferation of articles and books relative to the mind-body problem and the application of information theory to living systems. There are even those within the physical sciences who see the need to introduce the concept of consciousness into quantum mechanics and field theory.
The essence of this book is based on the high probability that everything occurring within the universe is interconnected. Our challenge is to define those interrelationships, and particularly how intelligence and consciousness intertwine with matter-energy and space-time. For example, if it could be demonstrated that intelligence is evolving at the same rate that entropy is occurring, or at the same rate that the universe is expanding, then one could argue for the possibility of a mutual interdependency. There is in fact good evidence that all three are occurring non-linearly.
What follows is an attempt to integrate the principles of intelligence with current concepts in all fields of science. There are no well-established principles within any of the scientific fields that will contradict the contents of this integrated theory, and there are a great number of well-established facts to support it.
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