The Battle for Intelligent Life Forms:
Psychological phenomena boils down to default constituencies
A sociological reductionism framework
It would seem that if we are breathing we must be evidence of an intelligence life form. So then what about fruits and vegetables that are also breathing and continue to breathe or respire even after they have been picked? (they live on until they've dehydrated). To take this a step further plants are also intricate biological entities who engage in the art of disclosure. They function to detoxify our blood and tissue after we’ve eaten them, however they do not communicate or do they? Is the communication itself adaptive or rather complex enough to cross the threshold of intelligent life? We all can speculate but only an entropy measurement may hold some concrete insight; presumably. The greatest provocation is that these organisms can hold their own. They are self supportive; which is to say that they prevail independent of us...ie self-existent ie pre-eminent. They do not require that we be on board with their mechanism of action (opinions-afterthoughts) or understand it in order for them to be "true" or "valid" nor do they need us to adjust our judgment or viewing range for their agenda. This is the case whether we are talking about changes at the anatomical or cellular level that stem from the unmasking of substances such as oxygen, water and photosynthate stored in a tree trunk or the releasing of the hydrogen bomb (the synthesis of isotopes). The irony is that we do need them however to help us humanoids/ scientists, mankind to chart the course of projects from interstellar space and time travel to endeavors like biofeedback and the gauge for "more intelligence." What is also distinct is that these networks or cooperatives do not need to be reminded of themselves (their ways) constantly; simply because they operate in full bloom.
While projects like SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) are purposed to transmit the signals of any extraterrestrial life forms, it becomes evident that even the ability to develop technologically, which may also indicate intelligence, is not without fallibility. In other words, we now require technology in order to perceive "gray matter." One might also say that technology prompts our intuition. How’s that for artificial intelligence? There is no doubt that perhaps radio waves have always been at play either occurring/ emitting naturally or “high” capacity induced by man. It’s also one thing to say that we have the capacity to develop technologically, therefore we must be intelligent. It’s quite another to say that we have to also have not only the knowledge, then technology but now we need the discernment to interpret those findings correctly. While these convoys of optimism (programs that survey radio telescope datum) are excellent for enabling the supercomputer, I’m not actually convinced that
"this is it" (even as someone who has downloaded a work unit from the U.C. Berkley server).
While the search for intelligence has been championed by academia, there is still a lot that is left to the imagination. One example is psychology, which is to say that intelligence, can be measured in terms of personal traits, attitudes and behaviors as opposed to the “traditional” achievement tests. No one knows if intellect will eventually become more psychometric. The best cases to date are elephants who can encounter the deceased bones of other elephants and they will cover the bones whether they are related or not. The keywords are “even if they are not related.” It is striking that they have a sort of moral GPS or navigation system which applies not only to the world (loose term) but also in intimate situations. If we use this as a baseline then it’s fair to say that pachyderms will put humans to shame; therefore they have passed us up. Dolphins for example have been documented as using sonar to avoid or prevent clashing and to maintain not only a sense of order but union. At this rate, you know it’s time for humans to get it together (intelligent life forms should not be devoid of compassion, wisdom or soul) but these considerations demonstrate the vastness of the debate on the topic; enlightenment.
We have the capacity to create systems of organization, power structures and political ideologies like US democracy but lack executive power. We have the skill to create systems that are far more advanced than we are as a civilization. In my meager understanding, political parties were originally designed as a shelter for participatory leadership. We are the harbingers of “informed citizenry," since it is the nation that aims at unifying those who have similar views. We are a beacon of hope in downtrodden times and one of peace to those around the globe. Elected government is a vessel through which we channel our interests; although even vested interest is self-interest and herein lies the biggest philosophical dilemma of modern times.
If we consider the ability to engage politically within the confines of social groups as "intelligence," then something has most definitely ran amok. What we have done is created bipartisanship or feuding factions oftentimes within the same political party. Examples include conservative democrat and liberal democrat. All of that to say that even Machiavellian intelligence is under assault. More social paradigms are being cranked out faster than we can process; thus the reflective psyche clearly shines through the Homo sapien experience. This, in turn, does provide some sort of continuity or opportunity to garner introspection or further review/ dialogue on existential related themes. It becomes obvious that we have the ability and responsibility to not only control our own development but to check in on it. While something about this seems fairly romantic; "the laws of order and chaos work in such finite terms." What this means is that the battle for intelligent life forms continue; less we have the bandwith.
More prominent examples include smug societies of Prometheans and Mensans with the GMAT being the qualifier but again it seems that there is still some overt shortcoming. Even if a prospect doesn’t perform well on a standardized test, it doesn’t mean that he/she knows absolutely nothing about the subject at hand. It does however go to show that he/she simply failed on what they were tested for. Essentially the laws of absolute zero, bring the focus into greater harmony and perfection. In the world of physics, this is known as "the lower demarcation or limit for any system’s temperature.” The subject is obviously still functioning just not to the extent at which the administered test was designed. By the same token IQ does not determine how anyone will gel, “make out” with life, or be “successful” for instance; although these aptitude assessments may be a great signaling post.
All of this thinking can very well be an unintentional ode to confidence or conviction. The mantra think think think means that we are thinking the faith right out, so essentially we've made the quest more complicated. We've become so power-driven (automacons quite frankly) who don't believe a damn thing; not even the process which is all we ever really have: especially if it doesn't have the stench of connivance or intrigue. Other than being pervasive this behavior is downright myopic (the antithesis to intelligence), yet there is no denying the fact that sophistication remains crucial to human destiny. The demand determines which programs will make into the next generation: which ones will be ran on the planet and which ones will be phased out; programs being defined as schedules or timetables which can be further broken down into installments or series. Of course you have a wide variety of topics which can range from civil rights to women's rights.
It is evident that survival is most closely linked to the ability to replicate like cicadas for example. The methodology and term that immediately comes to mind is “predator satiation.” This species has mastered the ability to duplicate or reproduce quickly and in quantities of millions to occupy the stomach of marauders. At the same time, they are also able to still remain fruitful enough to replenish and or sustain themselves as a species. Now that’s pretty clever and obviously if you can hitch a ride with these guys, then your chances for vitality increase perhaps on a macroscopic level (if we can imagine that sustenance has an economy). What's even more striking is that Darwin (natural selection) would probably repudiate this by saying that the activity or "movement" doesn't make them smarter, faster, stronger, more aggressive or even more powerful, hence less susceptible to predation; it simply makes them better adapted. Consequently, the bigger they are; the more poorly they survive due to ego or competition.
There are some devices in place to modulate or ensure some sense of balance on the frontier. They also work to maintain the life force, energy or “prana” hence breath work. This seeks to build the case for the potential to serve sentient life and its highest ideals; meanwhile the representation alone makes actuality seem somewhat intelligent. What has been particularly cumbersome is that if we cannot define “intelligent life forms”; then we wouldn’t even know if we were stepping over it; it meaning a type of orchestrated assemblage to facilitate expansion or awareness. This is relevant because then at some point we stop existing or belonging to ourselves in a very personable way; the cosmos need not apply.
People; they have a lot of nerve. People; they really have a lot of audacity.
Intelligence of the future?
Psychometric. Measured not by IQ but by attitudes and personal traits. Measured not even by race, class or gender. We're talking advance science race.
Closest achievements (as far as I'm concerned)?
Eastern Philosopy. You should not have to descend from any particular group before you can experience the grace of transformation; if nothing else.
Implications?Anyone can apprehend the cyclical nature of the earth's existence much in the same way that the mystic apprehends the basic unit of earth time; which is roughly 432,000 earth years.
Thoughts on Existentialism? (Mysticism 101)
This world does not give a damn about our ideas about progress, since this life is not really ours to live it as we see fit. Futhermore, who we were really meant to be is often obstructed by the density of this planet and it's social structure.
Free will quantified?
According to the Vedas, the average person has less than 3% free will if you can imagine 3% being the high end which would mean that it is quite possible for some us to have even less than that.
Partial free will (said the man)?
Not partial. Limited.
Are we a social institution or individuals?
Terrence McKenna would probably say individuals but me; I have no idea.
Predominating and emerging markets like the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) handle the processing of intellect, as we currently know it, which does a disservice to intelligence studies. They tell us how we are doing, so something’s a bit amiss. It remains to be seen if we as humans can learn the type of spatial awareness (the ability to see one’s self in relation to 2 or more things) that is native to elephants. Perhaps with less angulation, it would be easier to understand what this life is truly about. If society is a biological nexus then these vessels such as social justice, inequality would indicate that intelligence is being tried on this planet. Furthermore, this Capricornization, twilight otherwise known as constriction must be an experiment that we are not yet privy to either doled out by nature, man or both (as they tend to conspire). We then end up wondering how it would have been if xy&z were different. What if? What becomes even more discerning is; how much longer this planet can keep on supporting the kind of frequency or platform (self-driven guerilla approach) that we are running. The fact that people are now working harder than they’ve ever worked is enough consideration. An article published by the economist.com talks about how some of the time people spend at work could be better spent in search of pursuits like painting, reading, or writing. Time could be better spent being "ensensed," instructed or molded by our psyche; so far as our life interests are concerned. While these ideas about free-will have been under investigation by chemistry, genetics and physics; certainly they need not tell us that we are in fact being eroded by this materiality. How much longer we can continue to survive the onslaught is called into question? After all, it seems remarkable that we’ve made it this far and at that rate you would be sitting here reading this page by pure accident.
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