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Questions tagged [intelligence]

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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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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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Is having an enormous brain truly helpful?

In the year 2020 A.D. , the inhabitants of earth are visited by a not-so-friendly race of techno-pathic AI aliens ,numbering about 500,000, and originating from a type 2 ¾ civilization from a galaxy ...
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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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Could intelligent life on Earth have been seeded by precursor aliens?

This idea comes up quite frequently in science fiction, but there has not been a question about it yet on Worldbuilding.SE. Is it possible that intelligent life was brought to Earth by an alien ...
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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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An equilibrium for competing sapient species

What scientifically, socially and logically plausible mechanisms allow two (or more) sapient land-based species (either closely placed on the phylogenetic tree, such as Homo sapiens and Homo ...
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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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Stone-Age AI - A Thought Experiment

Suppose superintelligent AI is possible. Is there any reason its code couldn't be executed by stone-age people rather than a computer? E.g., imagine an order of monks reading and executing commands in ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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What more than sentience do you need from a species for its intelligence to be recognizable by humans?

It's becoming obvious from how could humans recognize another species as sentient / intelligent that recognizing another species' intelligence is very complicated. There are no universal tests, no ...
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Alan Grant's intelligent velociraptors [closed]

In the third edition of Jurassic Park film Alan Grant before meeting the Kirbys gives a speech in which he says ......If it were not for the cataclysmic event that overtook them it would have been ...
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What would a Hyperintelligent person look like out of the Information Age?

Imagine a Hyperintelligent guy in the early years of WWII. He is far beyond human capabilities. Things he is capable of: Absolute perfect recall. Every moment he has ever experienced is available for ...
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Could plants develop intelligence?

I know the idea seems a bit far fetched but it's something I believe is common is science fiction and fantasy stories. I remember the talking trees of Zelda: Ocarina of time and of course, Tolkien's ...
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Building a planet favorable to the evolution of intelligent life

You are a planetary engineer from a lonely species fairly high on the Kardashev scale. Although your species has wandered throughout the galaxy seeking out new life and civilizations for thousands of ...
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Creature with a non-centralized brain

I've always found animal intelligence to be fascinating, particularly that of the cephalopods, some of which show some pretty remarkable talents for tool usage, mimicry, and pattern recognition. ...
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Would it be possible for a planet orbiting a blue supergiant to develop intelligent life?

In Halo series there is an intelligent race called Unggoy that evolved on a planet caled Balaho orbiting a blue supergiant called Tala, I would like to know if it would be possible for an intelligent ...
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What if a new device could modify sentience-suppressing fields? [closed]

Assume that humans emit a field that suppresses the intelligence of other living things. What would be the biggest economic, cultural, or political effect of the invention of a device which could ...
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Off the grid scenario [closed]

What is the most novel and realistic (believable) way for a relatively average character, with a military background to "disappear" and go underground ("off the grid"), eliminating as many traces of ...
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In a fantasy setting, what would races of varying intelligence need to learn in order to complete quests?

I am building a MUD that will have the standard hack and slash of other MUDs but will also be heavily geared towards quests. Some quests will be simple like you would find in World of Warcraft. For ...
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What could cause an avian species to become intelligent?

There have been a few questions about an intelligent avian species lately and they have gotten me thinking. It seems to me that it would be hard for an avian species to evolve to be more intelligent ...
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Could underwater living organism create technology?

Could underwater creatures with the intelligence of human cave men or possibly the intelligence of apes create technology (that is, more complex technology comparable to what we have now rather than ...
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A planet wide intelligent plant? [closed]

In my world, there is an organism much like grass except for four things: it can think, it colonizes every surface on its home world, it has the option to perform chemosynthesis, and its parts can ...
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Signal to show we are an intelligent race

Background Information Let's say that we are trying to catch the attention of other potentially intelligent species. This signal would be used to attract the attention of other intelligent species. ...
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How could humans recognize another species as sentient / intelligent?

There is this fantasy in fiction that humans meet another species and figure out that it's intelligent. This usually happens with dragons, dolphins, aliens, collectively intelligent plancton... But ...
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How smart can we get?

One of the great problems in designing an Artificial Intelligence we can control is our own lack of sufficient intelligence. Partial failure here (success as designing an AI, failure at control) would ...
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Would it be possible for a single celled organism to evolve intelligence?

I understand that the human brain consists of many cells working together but could a single celled life form evolve something like a brain with similar intelligence to the human brain? I was ...
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What pattern should a creature take when choosing victims? [closed]

I am writing a fairy tale style story in which a (land based) creature is attacking seemingly random people within a village. The trick is, I want there to be a pattern to the people that the ...
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When would a species with 100% correct intuition cease all inquiry?

Given a species that did not rely on the scientific method for discovery, but rather a 100% correct intuition (essentially they correctly guess how the universe works, every time)... under what ...
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What implications might there be of mycelium being self aware?

This is for a novel I'm writing. The basic premise is that massive networks of mycelium running under the soil combine to form a decentralised intelligence that has been managing life and conditions ...
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How would intelligent life evolve on an Earth-like planet with dangerous high tide?

Inspired by the 2014 film Interstellar directed by Christopher Nolan, the crews landed on a planet with water flooded up to knee level. Suddenly a wall of water like mega tsunami appears from a ...
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Is this an intelligent life form?

An alien life form is found that has a pattern of stripes on its back. The pattern is black, red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta, black, and so on. It is found that for each series of ...
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Does intelligence necessarily lead to an abstract language?

Pretty much what it says in the question title. Suppose a non-human, social species of Earth animal found itself on an evolutionary path that favored increased intelligence of a kind not completely ...
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Would spacefaring aliens have to be roughly as intelligent as humans?

The idea is simple, our intellegence is so far above a chimp or bonobo as to make us something different. There are things we can do intuitively that no Bonobo or chimp will be able to, and because ...
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Information spreading

I would like to ask you for help. I am now developing a world in a non-internet era and I am struggling a bit in transferring information. I am trying to calculate how fast information will travel ...
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Intelligent Animals Integrating into (Western) Human Society

So for the purposes of this question, the following items are already determined by our world: The humans and human society are in very beginning of an Industrial Revolution almost identical to our ...
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How would an intelligent planet develop the ability to bend space-time?

The Settings: In a collaborative project with my friend, we develops mix of science fiction and fantasy setting together. We develops a world on which the whole planet was one sentient being. Mainly ...
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Everyone gets an IQ of 300. What are the downsides? [closed]

Scientists developed a method to transfer intelligence. However, something went wrong and everyone got an IQ of 300 on the current scale. And that means EVERYONE: Stephen Hawking, Donald Trump, Pamela ...
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Consequences of controlling intelligence

Suppose tomorrow, on present-day Earth, a group of scientists published a paper detailing a series of experiments conducted over the last ten years that successfully activated and deactivated the ...
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Are religion, emotion, and individuality binding factors for evolution of a technology-based society?

If you look at our society, you can see why we developed technology. Each individual wanted an easier life, therefore we invented tools and overcame obstacles to achieve this easier life. One could ...