posted on Jan, 21 2015 @ 06:37 AM
Is Intelligence Inversedly Proportional to Might?
By John SkieSwanne
Postulate 1: Intelligence is the ability to solve a problem whose solution is unknown (not to be confused with the ability to solve a problem whose
solution is already known, which is not true intelligence but actually a mere work of the memory).
Postulate 2: In nature, might is principally the ability to overcome a problem using physical power.
Why are the most intelligent species on Earth not those with the greatest physical strenght? Why are bottlenose dolphins able to recognize their own
reflection, yet white sharks are not? Why are crows capable of using (and even manifacturig) tools, but eagles are not?
Proposition: intelligence is not porportional to might. If anything, lesser physical strenght actually stimulates intelligence in overcoming a
To be or not to be is not only a famous quote from Shakespeare - it is also the primary drive of life. Survival. When an animal such as a predator has
enough physical strenght to succeed in killing every life forms below it in the food chain, then the animal's existence gets practically assured -
not only is the threat of fatal attacks against the predator nullified, but also is the predator's physical strenght sufficient in itself for a
guaranteed regular food income. In this sense the animal satisfies Postulate 2 in its entirety. Such an animal need only to use its might to achieve
either goals, but this has a major downside: every problems this animal encounters get to be solved by rather the same way, that is, use force. The
solution is alreay known, for it is always the same. On the other hand, when an animal such as a crow needs to, for instance, access food lodged in an
unaccessible area, this animal does not possess enough physical strenght to tear the area apart. Thus the animal has to devise a new solution for this
problem. And thus the animal discovers how to use tools to nudge the food out of the area. When the crow's beak lack the strenght to crack a nut
open, the bird devises a method to use cars as nut openers. And thus, the animal gets to satisfy the critera for actual intelligence - unlike the
predator who uses the same old solution for any problems, the less mighty animals do not have this luxury, and actually need to think up new solutions
to diverse problems.
And this explains why the mighty is not always the smartest.
At Time's End,