[ExI] Strong AI Hypothesis: logically flawed

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 19:33:36 UTC 2014

​True, though I believe "intelligence" has been ill-defined or even
undefined from the start.



Intelligence is a concept that has been criticized since psychologists
started working on it.  At one point we were reduced to saying that
intelligence was what an intelligence test tests.  Completely operational.​
​  Then the test creation started and many different definitions of
​ were used to create new tests, including those that considered
intelligence a multifactorial thing.

The problem was that the new tests correlated so highly with the old tests
that no one could say that something new had been measured.  So we still
use the old tests over and over, restandardizing.  Whatever it is, it is
the most important concept in psychology.  More things correlate with it
than with any other thing that we have measured.  Even creativity
correlates with it, just a bit - like there is a level of IQ below which
little creativity is to be found.

Which brings us to the most thorny concept of all:  creativity.  Define
that, if you will.  No one else can.  If there is an area of philosophy
that has practically no relationship to science it is aesthetics.​

​And for a thought question:  what do you think science has contributed to
genetic epistemology?  bill w​
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