Intelligence.

What is intelligence? I propose an answer to this question.

My definition of free will opens up a new possibility for what is and is not correct to do, to conclude, to believe, etc. My definition of free will is: Free will is to use an infinite amount of energy deciding what to do or what is true. Or using a system that gives the same result as spending an infinite amount of energy deciding what to do or what is true." -
Clarification: “do” includes thinking, saying, etc. And “true” includes what is false etc.
Compared to a decision that resulted from an infinite amount of energy worth of thought, any other decision is quite unlikely to be the better decision of the two. So we can assume all thoughts, conclusions, decisions, opinions, beliefs, are not correct after they occurred. The second after that conclusion have been made, the amount of energy spent on the problem goes up by some amount of energy, and so there should be a better conclusion available in the second after the conclusion was made.

Now, from this idea, we can make a few usefull conclusions:
1. intelligence of a species can be measured in how many joules of energy the brain of the average individual consumes in an average lifetime. The recording of the results of spent energy is preservation of intelligence and the cause of civilization (books).
2. Genius is the individuals in a species that make the best decisions, conclusions, thoughts etc, in the present moment. But they are not nessesarily the most intelligent, as intelligence is measured in joules (if the genius spend little time thinking, a genius is less intelligent than someone stupid thinking a lot).
3. The result of the scientific method that makes it such a powerful tool, is that it makes geniuses and everyone else, spend more than one moments on a particular problem. A dozen hours of thought about a problem by a fool might be better than a knee-jerk thought from a genius.
4. Wisdom is to use this energy that the brain consumes, on the right problems, and to think as much as possible.

Clarification: Infinite is never ending, its not a real number. You add one, and then add one, and then add one, forever. without stopping, ever.

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A related comment I have made in another discussion:

if I put one joule of energy into the space-shuttle, I get 1 joule of work, if I put one joule into a model airplane, I get 1 joule of work.
If I put one joule of energy into a whale-brain, I get 1 joule of work, and it is not an intelligent thought. But we assume if I put one joule into a human brain, it produces intelligent thought.
That is my position. It is why I disagree with all brains, regardless of what they do or what the argument is, because I know they only put X amounts of joules of work into the argument/action/thought/idea, which is not a huge amount of work on the grand scale of things (if a brain the size of the known universe which consumes other universes to produce thought, is an intelligent brain, then we’re pretty much at the bottom of the intelligence-scale).
Religion is a perfect example that the memes that survive, survive independently of their true/false status, so all ideas we take for granted, like that 2+2=4 could ultimately just be a meme that is good at surviving, not necessarily a true or false meme. If you put dietary calories into considering if 2+2=4 then I will take your conclusion seriously in direct proportion with the amount of energy your brain spent while you considered the problem. 2 737 500 dietary calories is approximately what your brain would consume in 60 years of thinking, 6 hours every day, 365 days a year, for 60 years. That’s 11.5 gigajoules. You’ll spend 19 times that amount just growing old, growing hair, moving blood, heating your body, walking, running, eating, sleeping etc, in the same 60 years.
And while we have doubled our use of energy many times with cars and light-bulbs etc, our brains still use the same amount of energy as it did 100 000 years ago.
So to answer your question, no, I don’t think my questions make sense compared to what questions I would ask if I had a trillion years to author each one. But that is partly because we haven’t even spent a thousand years to define what is sensical.
Any thought we make here and now are always more likely to be irrational/nonsensical/stupid/false than rational/sensical/intelligent/true. Even this thought is likely false for obvious reasons.

PS: meme = an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.

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