Is Intelligence a myth?

Human Intelligence


Humans like to ascribe some credence to their endeavours and discoveries as going some way to proving that they are intelligent beings, but is it fair to judge the achievements of a few as the sum of progress for the whole?

As many attempt to move ever closer to the holy grail of Artificial General Intelligence I cannot help but wonder if we humans are even qualified to determine if something else is ‘intelligent’ when we could scarecely prove our own intelligence, let alone that of an inanimate object. Are we just kidding ourselves into believing we are a truly intelligent species or are we intelligent but with caveats perhaps?

Would a truly intelligent being display such beligerance to its life support machine? An author, polymath and all around knowledgable person that I pay particular attention to of late is a certain Noam Chomsky, if you ignore the propaganda that he is unpatriotic or the intellectual tool of the hard liberal left (which is all nonsense by the way), Mr Chomsky puts forward a very interesting question in a number of his publicly available talks on YouTube. He raises the question, is it better to be smart or stupid?

If we look at the evidence available so far it would appear that being the most ‘aware’ mammal on the planet has done us very few favours. The ‘so called’ lower forms of life however, do not exhibit our self destructive tendencies, in fact one might wonder if this world might be a better place without us altogether?

Has this alleged increase in intelligence over the course of our evolution brought with it unparalled arrogance? Without any recent tangible evidence of Gods existence in the modern world have we now decided that through technology we can now assume the role for ourselves? I watch with considerable alarm the comments of certain influential members of society who identify as ‘trans-humanists’ that are eagerly wanting to upgrade their particularly limited human bodies so that they can live for hundreds of years through technology.

I will write about this chilling development in further posts, but for now I will simply pose the following question, did they ever stop to consider that they are actually meant to die? Our technological developments have brought many wonders to the world but on the flip side they have also brought a great many ills and for those that cannot accept their mortality I struggle to understand why they are not putting all of their effort into making the future a more desirable place to be before trying to reach it before anyone else?

Despite the wishes of the transhumanists I am of the opinion that nature is and always has been one step ahead of us. We are learning all the time, more and more people are starting to wake up from this slumber and realise that we are all in this together, to do nothing is to wait for the end credits. I would like to put the idea forward that right now, as I write this, human consciousness is evolving more now than it has done in the last five hundred years.

We are starting to regain an awareness that has faded into obscurity since the days of our stone age ancestors, the recognition that all life is joined together like the strands of a spiders web. Upset the balance at our peril. We are yet to prove our true claim to the lofty realms of intelligent beings but what we can probably start to claim with some confidence is our ever increasing awareness that we are both the problem and the solution to all of the threats to our existence.



An unpaid debt?

Collective Responsibility

Do you, like me, find yourself questioning whether we are precipitously close to tipping our planetary home beyond a point of no return sometime soon? A point upon which nature would casually shake us off as a dog might shake off droplets of water after an outing into a lake?

I have been an avid follower of world events for many years now. Thanks to the Internet (or not) we are more aware than ever of the relentless destruction and over exploitation of our world’s natural resources that is going on. Resources that it is dubious that we could ever rightfully claim ownership of in the first place. As we endlessly continue exploit and consume I find myself forced to consider the question: When might this collosal debt need to be paid back?

Rather than seeing ourselves as the almightily powerful and rightful owners of this ball of spinning mass in outer space, I am wondering if all along we have merely been trustees tasked with keeping it in good working order for the benefit of all life that exists upon it?

It is apparent to me that nature has her own means to make us take note and consider our position. One might even wonder whether she has already started to do so. But will we take heed in time? There is no greater danger to humankind right now than the existential threat of self destruction. I have been watching this tragedy unfold for too long now and it is time for me to use my intent to promote as much awareness as possible to find a way back out of this dead end.

I do not have boundless cash or even time resources, if only I did have I would be doing much more to raise awareness than I am presently doing. But in creating this site I am, at the very least, doing something constructive. Every day I am grateful to this planet for providing me with the resources I need to stay alive and be this entity that I call ‘me’. Every day that I continue to see nature abused for profit or greed I am more determined to do as much as I can to change what might otherwise be an inevitable outcome.

The future is not looking like a great place to be right now. If we even manage to avoid nuclear catastrophe in the first instance then there is likely to be even greater inequality and competition for resources in the not too distant future. If we already look bad for our selfish ways now then what might we look like when there is more to feed and less to feed them? This is already a recipe for disaster and it will take the utmost will and determination to change this.

This will not be an easy task, the most intelligent species on the planet is unfortunately not worthy of that title. Ignorance and greed abound. This job will require some help, if you have a care in the world like me perhaps you might join me in this quest and we can work together to restore some balance back into the World? If I didnt believe in my ability to cause change I would have not even bothered to write this. And if you did not in some way believe in what I have written you would probably not even bothered to read this far.

The collective power of determined individuals cannot be understated. We have more power than we realise. I hope that you will take this opportunity to participate in the solution rather than the problem. Please explore this site further if this sounds like something you may be interested in. If you would like to contribute to this cause in any way then any help is welcome. Whatever brought you here, I hope you now leave with more to think about than when you arrived…

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