[Fis] About intelligence

Krassimir Markov markov at foibg.com
Wed May 12 22:21:17 CEST 2021

Dear Pedro,
It is nice to wake up the community!

About intelligence we have a paper “The intelligence” from year 2010.
A link to it is http://www.math.bas.bg/infres/~mitov/IGM-papers/2010-ISK-Varna-Mitov_et_al.pdf

Friendly greetings

From: Pedro C. Marijuan 
Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:40 PM
To: 'fis' 
Subject: [Fis] Wake up call

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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