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Questions tagged [intelligence]

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Could fruit (specifically oranges) evolve into intelligent life? [on hold]

Is it possible for oranges to become intelligent life while still retaining some of their essential qualities such as skin that can neatly be peeled off and reproduction through seeds and growth off ...
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Can the number of letters in alphabet suggest how advanced civilization is?

Let's suppose we intercepted a message in an unknown language. We were not able to decipher it, but we were able to decode it. Meaning we know the letters but not the meaning of the words in the text. ...
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How can humans enslave a slightly more intelligent species? [closed]

In my story, there is a war between humans and a slightly more advanced and clever species. The humans outnumber the other species and end up winning the war because the humans spread a virus to the ...
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Could university accept a child without any formal education? [closed]

My story revolves about a life of a girl that is profoundly gifted even among a family of profoundly gifted. Her father founded a multi-billion dollar company focused on IT security and cryptography ...
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How can a sapient species build an advanced civilization, while remaining on one continent?

The world I'm building contains two sapient species; one is about Mesolithic-level in terms of technology, while the other is about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians or Sumerians. However, they're ...
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How much smarter would bred humans become?

I'm building a setting in a fictional Latin American country which is under military rule. The junta starts a breeding program in the late 40's with help from unscrupulous escaped Nazi scientists. ...
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Alternative Scenarios To The Evolution Of A Sentient Species On A Similar Planet [closed]

We have exactly one story of how this process occurred in the universe (so far)- our own. Our story in short is of a derived social primate with binocular vision, a workable set of hands ...
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What would happen if all (higher) life magically became sentient and reached human-level intelligence? [closed]

Overnight, all higher life, multicellular life forms from trees and grass to dogs and elephants reached a level of intelligence similar to that of humans. For example, they can communicate effectively,...
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Intelligence development: Plausible?

This is another question about my aliens who have both reptilian and mammalian characteristics. Now, I'm not talking about developing intelligence on evolutionary time scales but rather within ...
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What would be a plausible reason why humans have lost their intelligence? [closed]

So, I’m writing a fiction story about a society of chimpanzees that are intelligent and have advanced technology. Cars, air travel, cities, cellular phones, and space travel. My human characters ...
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In a cemetery, what evidence could be found that humans were intelligent and had technology?

So, a group of archeologists from the year 4978 have uncovered something strange. They’ve been searching for the missing link between them and their primordial ancestors, and they seem to have found ...
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Can the future theoretically be predicted through analyzing the exact patterns of the universe? [closed]

My neuroscience is a little fuzzy, so bear with me. If your wondering how this ties in with world building, it's for a science fiction novel I'm writing, in which there is no magic. I am hoping to ...
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What is the safest way to detect superintelligence?

Computer scientists have created an AI that they hope has intelligence far superior to a human being. But they do not know how intelligent it is ... a bit more than humans, or unimaginably more. They ...
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Megatherium tool making

I have seen many questions and answers throughout this site, and as far I have understood, thumbs are not needed to use tools. Seems like many structures and objects can be used properly with any kind ...
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What is intelligent life?

It has been speculated that one explanation to the Fermi Paradox is that humans have been observed by extra-terrestrial life and it was concluded that we are not 'intelligent life', so no contact was ...
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What if humans had half the IQ they had today? [closed]

What if, for some reason everyone on Earth's intelligence was half what it is now? How would this affect people’s day to day life? Like how would it change education, the economy, and politics etc.
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Can we prove our current AI isn't as capable as human intelligence? [closed]

Googling the drawbacks to progress in AI research pops up points like: Machine learning requires vast amount of data We don't really even understand how neural networks work, we just know they do. ...
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How to create an intelligent species that lives in villages on trees like leaf cutter ants and have castes(like social insects and/or mole rats)? [closed]

I want to create an intelligent creature(grit) that has a eusocial social system. They need to be small(10-20cm height) and live in small towns on top of the canopy of tropical forests. by ...
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Could a sedentary organism develop intelligence, or even sentience?

Similar to Could Plants Develop Sentience? but slightly more general: I'm not interested in plants in particular, but want a more general understanding of the effect of motion on intelligence and vice ...
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How intelligent would a wild animal have to be to not fear fire?

How intelligent would an animal(land bound animal) have to be to not fear fire? It's unable to make it or control it, but when a person is sitting by one, and while other animals act more ...
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How to create a genetically high IQ population while avoiding regression to the mean as much as possible?

Let's say we have a group of high IQ individuals of a sizeable number. In what manner should they reproduce in order to maximise the odds of creating a genetically high IQ population over several ...
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How To Subtly Imply Intelligence

Since a couple of people seem confused, the players are there to purchase tech made by human colonists. The tech was made by exploiting the native alien fauna. The ecosystem of the planet is well ...
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How would dogs having metacognition affect our relationship with them? [closed]

EDIT: By metacognition I mean "awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes." Think a dog with a mind comparable to a human's. Here are some of my thoughts: Dogs have senses stronger ...
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If humans developed pattern recognition intelligence, what other kinds if intelligence are there? [closed]

I've been thinking on this for days, and I honestly have absolutely no ideas. I'm trying to create some form of intelligence that might work for a species that evolved as the perfect war machines (...
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How would a decrease in intelligence as a punishment be carried out?

An ideal punishment for evil scientists or geniuses would be a judicially mandated, deliberate decrease in intelligence. Let's say that a judge ordered a person's IQ to be decreased from 200 to 110. ...
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Would super-sized humans be super-intelligent?

A mad, egomaniac, scientist has developed a way of extending the natural growth of humans to create an army of 20ft (6 meter) tall soldiers. Physiologically, they are three times the size of normal ...
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Can multiple intelligent species coexist?

I am considering specifically multiple intelligent species that all evolved on the same planet, and whether it is plausible that they will end up in a multi-species society or whether one species will ...
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How physically small can human intelligence get?

A common trope in science fiction is the idea that a human's consciousness and intelligence can be downloaded onto a computer. I recently had the idea that maybe in some apocalyptic scenario, ...
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How could a climate-protection organization breed sapient, tool-developing cooperating Cephalopoda?

I am working on a scenario where a climate protection organization tries to breed sapient Cephalopoda as a help in their fight against climate change. The breeding goals of the evolving species are as ...
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What factors would allow the species I designed evolve successfuly?

I am basically asking what factors could allow my gliding species to achieve a civilisation comparable to human civilization. Below are the traits of my alien species. Cat-like eyes, binocular vision,...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to being skilled at counting and basic arithmetic?

Let's say we came across a new species of moderately intelligent birds. Like Alex the parrot, these birds are able to learn a few words and simple concepts. But once we teach these birds the words ...
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Two or more advanced civilizations aren't even aware of each other

Humans have achieved FTL and have colonized several planets in our greater stellar neighborhood. While we have discovered several planets that harbor life as we know it, we have not yet discovered ...
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A world without natural time measures

An intelligent race evolves on a planet with no moon or axial tilt, which is tidally locked to its star, and has a very hazy atmosphere. So there are no seasons, no day/night cycle, and the stars are ...
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Maximum capacity of Parrot-sized Brain

After hearing about Alex the African Gray Parrot, and knowing how intelligent ravens are, just how smart could a brain of that size become? I would like to limit the responses to current known or ...
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How does distributed intelligence impact conscious qualia?

Or more simply, how do octopuses think? I'm designing a race of intelligent-but-primitive cephalopod aliens and while I want them to exhibit some basic human traits such as fear, self-interest, a ...
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How would childhood be affected by the fact that babies are born with the knowledge of an average adult?

My question is simple: In a world where babies are born with the knowledge of an average adult, what would happen to the childhood of the child? For example, how would this affect the learning of ...
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Humans Achieve Massive Increase In Average IQs — But How?

The Average Human Achieves IQ Scores 60 Standard Deviations Above The Average Person of 2016 By the time the year 3016 rolls around, the human race for the first time ever has achieved an average ...
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Solving the vulnerabilities of a plant-based life-form's civilization: sunlight, roots, and hibernation

Say you are a plant-based life-form (imagine a walking tree). You have roots and leaves. You have two main vulnerabilities: You need sunlight on your leaves for photosynthesis to get energy. You ...
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Does civilization necessarily imply structure-building?

On the Life Ball of my fantasy stories, a particular species of delphinidae- I call them black dolphins- have evolved and advanced at least as much as humans and other intelligent races. Among other ...
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Why did dragons evolve to be smart?

Before you comment "dragons can't happen", we've been there before. Based on the question linked above, assume dragons are scientifically plausible. You may change what you need about the ...
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The 3% long term consequences

WARNING THE FOLLOWING CONTAIN SPOILERS! I watched the first season of The 3% and I am wondering about the wisdom in the strategy adopted by this world. Spoilers Specifically, if the 3% ( "...
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Would Earth's extraterrestrial colonies have a higher average intelligence?

In the MARS series of National Geographic, an organisation is steadily colonizing Mars by sending a handful of people every few months. However, these aren't ordinary people, of course; they are top-...
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What would cause turkeys to be intelligent?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving (US) let's tackle a fun one. I'm defining "intelligent" in this situation as "at least on par with hunter-gatherer humans, able to communicate" What natural, ...
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How to evolve purely pacifist intelligence

In a previous question on my purely peaceful, 100% pacifist species, I asked about how to remove all defining characteristics for sexuality yet still retaining sapience. As was pointed out, I had ...
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Plant based lifeforms: brain equivalent?

In lots of science fiction works that visit other planets we are often introduced to intelligent plant based lifeforms, be they humanoid looking or potted plant looking. I'm curious as to what part ...
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Is it plausible for my creature to have similar IQ as humans?

I've envisioned my specie called the stalker as: Humanoid about same height, strength & speed as humans Three pairs of eyes placed horizontally (Near UV, Visible, Near IR) Lightspeed ...
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Is intelligence the “natural” product of evolution?

Think about a scenario in which, on a given planet, a complex life form has already evolved. In your opinion, what are the odds, for this complex form, to evolve towards intelligence? With the ...
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Could I hope for swarm intelligence to lead to collective consciousness?

I recently decided to revisit an older scenario I came up with, Ant-hill world, but I have been hitting roadblocks, both old and new. One of the bigger roadblocks is the evolution of such an odd ...
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Could anonymity fuel desperation in robot?

A detective is working on a case of unnatural death of a prostitute, and it appears that a domestic robot is tied to the case. According to the statement from the hotel staff and manager, they have ...
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How different would have brained animals evolved if there were mirrors everywhere in nature?

Many pets are very disturbed by the presence of mirrors or other reflecting surfaces where they see their own image. If there were many reflecting surfaces in nature I would think that it would ...