- I have been looking at Quora. It is more than interesting; as such, what is the appeal?
- One thing that Quora does is allow questions to which people provide answers. There have been several themes that I noticed. One of these deals with IQ. For instance, people would ask whether the main rulers of the earth/world, at some future point, would have an IQ of 1000 or something or other. You see, numerics have warped our selves.
- In relation to queries like that one, people discuss Gardner's Multiple Intelligence proposal and such. Too, there are discussion about brain versus heart. For instances, one smarty was so because of an abusive environment. Later, the person realized, via a mentor, that such braininess is not properly balanced. BTW, Carl G. Jung is discussed, too.
- In short, IQ is one type of intelligence (see Gardner) for which there are tests. Some score highly where some means few. Most do not. Yet, a lot of these tests seem to have a common feel. So, one ought to be able to practice and score better, if one is able. But, the best of the tests are not timed. See this Quora answer for links. One test site: Dr. Jason Betts. That is nice, as it removes performance anxiety, silly dancing around, and competitiveness.
- Now, Jung was mentioned above. His thoughts about phenomenal issues that he addressed via Synchronicity are apropos to this discussion. In fact, Jung's work (or being reminded of such) gives me some hope for our future where the technologists would have run amok with their toys thereby, essentially, entrapping the rest of us (that is, human entanglement). But, much more on this.
- So, finally, to truth and intelligence. The truth bit, for me, comes down to truth engines and their application as supportive devices. Now, as I mentioned, technology seems to have run to where some brains (like Hawking) are bemoaning the end of the human race. Well, not. Those boys (for the most part, pale in face) will be reined in. Too, we need to have better human and machine cooperation.
- You see, computation has holes in it. Despite the years of effort at error correction and the introduction of stability and a whole lot of other things, these holes are there; undecidability (in several senses) is a key issue. So, that theme will be addressed, time and again.
- But, intelligence? Yes, Google's system beat a Go player using what they term AI. Nice. Yet, not nice. However, this may very well be an example of technology being used without insight. We'll have to weigh in there. Though, I heard that Google has hired some philosophers in order to get it straight.
Remarks: Modified: 03/19/2016