Intelligent Matter Defined (from Chapter 1)

We all know that we are made up of matter.  We are taught that in school. But what does it mean to be intelligent matter.  What does it mean just to be intelligent?

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary 4th edition, intelligence has three basic principles:

  • The ability to learn or understand from experience
  • The ability to acquire or retain knowledge
  • The ability to respond quickly and successfully to a new situation

Let’s look at each of these definitions separately.

First:  the ability to learn or understand from experience.

Experience is the act of living through an event.  Are you living?  Check.

To learn, is to get knowledge and that leads us to the second definition:

The ability to acquire or retain knowledge.

Knowledge is the possession of information.  Information is data gathered in any way.  Data is information in a form suitable for storing and processing by a computer.  Anyone familiar with how a computer works knows that computers use energy to process data.

So, energy = data = information = knowledge = intelligence.

But we haven’t talked about definition three, yet.

Ok, let’s talk about definition three:

 The ability to respond quickly and successfully to a new situation.

To respond is to reply or react, which means take action.

New means never existed before.  A new situation deals with time.  As long as time keeps moving forward, there will always be new situations.  Every second, of every minute, of every day is new.

As we go through life, we are constantly experiencing new situations.  When we take in information and respond to that information, we are living intelligently.

 

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