[Fis] Wake up call. Intelligence Science

Joseph Brenner joe.brenner at bluewin.ch
Wed May 12 11:13:01 CEST 2021

Dear Marcin and Pedro,


Thank you for the reminder. For possible comments, I attach my one-page Abstract; the full paper, on information and probability, will be submitted to Mark Burgin’s Conference on Theoretical and Foundational Problems.


I welcome Pedro’s concept of re-opening the discussion of Natural Intelligence. This subject has come up in the recent work of our colleagues, Zhong Yixin, Shi Zhongzhi and Zhao Chuan on Intelligence Science. This topic is also mentioned as one for discussion in the Conference on the Philosophy of Information. My hope is that that it might attract, finally, some new work.


I look forward to a dialogue on these issues,


Best wishes,







From: Fis [mailto:fis-bounces at listas.unizar.es] On Behalf Of Marcin SCHROEDER
Sent: mercredi, 12 mai 2021 08:22
To: Pedro C. Marijuan
Cc: fis
Subject: Re: [Fis] Wake up call


Dear Pedro and FIS Friends,

Thank you Pedro for the reminder about the IS4SI Summit. If someone did not consider yet their participation in the Summit, please visit the website  <https://summit-2021.is4si.org/> https://summit-2021.is4si.org/. The deadline for submission of extended abstracts is June 15, 2021. Participation in the Summit is free from any conference fee. There will be multiple choices for the publication of papers presented at the Summit's eleven conferences. There is an option to present different papers at more than one conference. 

Once again, thank you Pedro for the "wake-up call".






Marcin J. Schroeder, Ph.D.

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On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 4:41 AM Pedro C. Marijuan <pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es> wrote:

Dear FISers,

You will remember in those ancient times of travels and hotels (so distant now!) the request in the front desk for a wake up call... we should be on time for the presentations or for the shuttle to the airport. 

In these strange times of ours, of unrelenting isolation, every month our stamina reserves are little by little depleted, at least for those not directly involved in the duties of academic life or institutional research. How a wake up call might be arranged for those of us at the brisk of depression?

In June 15th is the deadline for participating in the IS4SI 2021 conference. See https://summit-2021.is4si.org/

I think we should massively participate. Let us post our tentative abstracts in the list, as Howard did, and let us have preliminary discussions. 

Personally, I will send an abstract to one of the sessions (still undecided which one could be fitting) about


It will be argued that intelligence is a universal phenomenon present in all forms of life. It requires a new form of relationship with the environment, implying not only openness to energy flows but to information flows as well. External information processing, coupled with internal information processing, may produce an adaptive life cycle that manifests (natural) intelligence, produces meaning, and realizes fitness value. Out from the basic prokaryotic conformation, the unit of natural intelligence, it may develop hierarchically, via multicellularity, and particularly with the evolution of nervous systems. Then, natural intelligence fully develops up to the point, in the human case, of exhibiting pieces of artificial intelligence that mimic some of the basic properties of the former. It will be finally argued that without a proper understanding of natural intelligence, the scientific foundations of artificial intelligence will be shaky--notwithstanding the technological grandeur it is effectively achieving. But unbridled, half-understood technologies are not a panacea for societies. Often the opposite.

Best regards to all!


Pedro C. Marijuán
Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group
pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es



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