What is Intelligence?

Science’s First Mistake claims that each cognitive species generates delusions that are used to describe patterns filtered from observations of its ‘world’. An individual then uses such patterns to make its way in the world. However, these patterns are based on the formation of distinctions among the cognitive/observed data, and thus necessarily involve paradoxes. In other words these delusions are intrinsically absurd. The ultimate conclusion of this analysis must be that intelligence is the ability to deny this absurdity in the drive for utility by suppressing the paradoxes that would inhibit any drive to action.

Hence, Science, arguably the highest form of human intellectual endeavour, is not a true description of our natural world, rather the ultra-sophisticated denial of the absurdities intrinsic in its self-referential system. This system has to be based on unnatural modes of describing the world, on the fabrication of the abstract that is made to correlate with the observed. But in such a mode of operation, intelligence simply fuels the unnaturalness of a spiraling self-reference. The cleverer you are, the more you are in denial!

And what does this analysis hold for so-called artificial intelligence (AI)? Quite simply, AI is itself absurd. AI involves an intrinsic acceptance of objective data obtained from its sensors – it assumes that data is as it is. Hence the only denial to be made is by the humans who initially categorized the data types. By not denying absurdity, artificial intelligence is thus unintelligent, and quite absurd.

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