What IS ‘Intelligence’?

Filosofa's Word

This morning as I was doing my usual scouring of the news in multiple sources, I came across a story titled, “The Search for Intelligent Life Is About to Get a Lot More Interesting.”  Of course, I could tell from the accompanying picture that the story was about the search for life forms on other planets and in other galaxies, but for some reason that headline struck me as humorous.  My first thought was that we should be searching for intelligent life here on Planet Earth rather than spending trillions of dollars to look farther afield, and my second thought was … how will we know if we’ve found intelligent life – how do we actually define ‘intelligent’ … or do we?

Some would equate intelligence with knowledge.  But in my view, simply gaining knowledge, storing facts and figures, does not define intelligence.  It’s more a matter of what…

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