The Battle for Intelligence

Psychological phenomena comes 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. Essentially, plants function to detoxify our blood and tissue after we've eaten them. The question that remains is whether or not their communication is complex enough to cross the threshold of intelligent life? Everyone can speculate but only an entropy measurement may hold some concrete insight.

What seems apparent is that these organisms can clearly hold their own. This makes them self-supportive; which is to say that they prevail independently. Since they do not require us to be board with their mechanism of action, they are self-existent. 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 to help us (scientists and mankind) to chart the course of projects from interstellar space to endeavors like biofeedback and the gauge for "more intelligence." According to an article titled "Up on the Farm? 5 Reasons NASA Needs Space Greenhouses" by Joseph Bennington-Castro, "plants offer spacefarers a wide range of psychological and practical benefits, and should figure more heavily in future long-term space mission plans, such as NASA's contemplated manned mission to Mars in the 2030s." What's most striking is that these networks or cooperatives do not need to constantly be reminded of themselves; 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 is not enough. There is a sort of fallibility that escapes us. In other words, we now require technology in order to perceive intelligence. One might also say that industrial science prompts our intuition. It's also one thing to say that we have the capability to develop technologically, therefore we must be intelligent. It's quite another to say that we need not only the knowledge, then scientific know-how 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."

Although the search for cognitive development has been championed by academia, there is still a lot that is left to the imagination. Psychology now suggests that evaluations in terms of personal traits, attitudes and behaviors can reveal just as much about human faculties if not more than traditional achievement tests. No one knows if intellect will eventually become more psychometric but the best case to date has been presented by elephants. According to an article titled "Elephants really do grieve like us: They shed tears and even try to 'bury' their dead - a leading wildlife film-maker reveals how the animals are like us" by James Honeyborne, "elephants will 'bury' their dead, covering carcasses with branches and even taking the tusks to be placed at a different spot." They 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 instructs them. If we use their ability to honor the dead as a baseline, then it's fair to say that pachyderms will put humans to shame. Even 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. This is a reminder that intelligent life should not be devoid of compassion, wisdom or soul. Needless to say, these instances demonstrate the vastness of the debate on the subject of compassion and enlightenment.

We have the ability to create systems of organization, power structures and political ideologies like US democracy. The competences to create systems that are more advanced than we are as a civilization are definitely active. In my meager understanding, political parties were originally designed as a shelter for participatory leadership. People are supposed to be harbingers of "informed citizenry," as the nation aims to unify those who have similar views. We are thought of as being a beacon of hope in downtrodden times and one of peace to those around the globe. Elected government is a vessel through which individuals can channel their agenda; 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 making stride in evolution, then something has most definitely ran amok. What we have done is created bipartisanship or feuding factions oftentimes within the same political party. There are more social paradigms being cranked out than what we can process; although the reflective psyche clearly shines through the Homo Sapien experience. This does provide some continuity or opportunity to garner introspection on existential related themes. It becomes obvious that as individuals we have the responsibility to not only control our own progression but to check in on it. It's just that the laws of order and chaos work in such finite terms.

Another prominent example includes the use of standardized testing, as a means of reviewing achievement but there are still shortcomings. Even if a prospect doesn't perform well on an exam, 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. In the world of physics, this is known as the lower demarcation or limit for any system's temperature. The subject is obviously still involved just not to the extent at which the administered test was designed. By the same token, IQ does not determine how anyone will gel with life or be successful; although these aptitude assessments may be a signaling post.

Reasoning can very well be an unintentional ode to conviction and it's easy to start getting away with ourselves. Think, think, think seems to be the mantra for modern times. As a result, we are thinking the faith right out with all of this sensory data and empiricism. We've become so established in our positivist approach, as automatons who don't believe in anything. This is the case, especially if it doesn't have the stench of connivance, mystique or intrigue. Other than being pervasive this behavior is downright myopic, yet there is no denying the fact that sophistication remains crucial to human destiny.

It's evident that even insects like cicadas have skillfully mastered the art of survival. The methodology and term that comes to mind is predator satiation. This species has the ability to duplicate or reproduce quickly and in quantities of millions to occupy the stomach of predators. 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). My perspective would probably be repudiated by Darwin's natural selection. His theory would propose 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. 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; an orchestrated assemblage to facilitate awareness. Instead, there are predominating and emerging markets like the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that supposedly tell us more about the human condition than by asking someone a question. This re-constituting, of course, does a grave disservice to consciousness studies which places the social, personal and cultural in context. This is important because then at some point we would stop existing or belonging to ourselves in a very personable way.

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 and inequality would indicate that our ability to function as an organism is currently being tried. Furthermore, this constriction must be an experiment that we are not yet privy to either doled out by man, nature or both (as they tend to conspire). We then end up wondering how it would have been if xy&z were different. What becomes even more discerning is; how much longer this earth can keep supporting the kind of frequency (self-driven guerrilla platform) that we are currently running.

People are now working harder than they've ever worked is enough consideration. An article titled "The U.S. is the Most Overworked Developed Nation in the World- When do we Draw the Line?," by G.E. Miller states, "there are few things that stress us out on a consistent basis like work does, especially when it takes away from all of the other things that life has to offer." 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 incensed or by our surroundings; instead there is a fundamental loss of that which is said to separate us from the wild. Unfortunately, who we were really meant to be is often obstructed by the density of this planet.

Ideas about free will continue to be under investigation by biology, chemistry and physics. We've come to terms with the explanation that there are neurons, which fire in the brain to determine our thoughts, dreams and aspirations for example. While genetics are also likely to come into play, the bottom line is that we are imprinted by our environment. This is huge in terms of defining who we will turn out to be and regulating our behavior. Ironically, these networks don't need to tell us that we are being eroded by the onslaught of this materiality. After all, it seems remarkable that we've made it this far and at that rate you would be sitting here reading this by accident.

Works Cited

Bennington-Castro, Joseph. "Farm? Five Reasons NASA Needs Space Greenhouses." National Geographic, 24 Oct. 2017, news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140121-space-greenhouses-plants-astronaut-mars/

Honeyborne, James. "Elephants really do grieve like us: They shed tears and even try to 'bury' their dead - a leading wildlife film-maker reveals how the animals are like us." Daily Mail, 24 Oct. 2017, www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270977/Elephants-really-grieve-like-They-sh ed-tears-try-bury-dead--leading-wildlife-film-maker-reveals-animals-like-us.html

Miller, G.E. "The U.S. is the Most Overworked Developed Nation in the World - When do we Draw the Line?" 20 Something Finance, 24 Oct. 2017, 20somethingfinance.com/american-hours-worked-productivity-vacation/

Additional Links

SETI
Resource Partitioning
Natural Selection
Fruits & Vegetables
Absolute Zero
Predator Satiation
Elephant Emotions

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