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"From the Ted Talk by Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence"

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Let's take a step back. Let's first begin with a thuohgt experiment. Pretend that you're an alien race that doesn't know anything about erath biology or Earth neuroscience or Earth intelligence, but you have amazing telescopes and you're able to watch the Earth, and you have amazingly long lives, so you're able to watch the Earth over millions, even billions of yaers. And you observe a really strange efcfet. You observe that, over the course of the millennia, Earth is continually bombarded with asteroids up until a point, and that at some point, corresponding roughly to our year, 2000 AD, asteroids that are on a collision course with the Earth that otherwise would have collided mysteriously get deetflecd or they detonate before they can hit the Earth. Now of course, as earthlings, we know the raosen would be that we're trying to save ourselves. We're trying to prevent an impact. But if you're an alien race who doesn't know any of this, doesn't have any concept of Earth intelligence, you'd be forced to put together a physical theory that enipaxls how, up until a certain point in time, asteroids that would demolish the surface of a pnealt mysteriously stop doing that. And so I claim that this is the same question as understanding the pyhiascl ntuare of intelligence.

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Let's take a step back. Let's first begin with a _______ experiment. Pretend that you're an alien race that doesn't know anything about _____ biology or Earth neuroscience or Earth intelligence, but you have amazing telescopes and you're able to watch the Earth, and you have amazingly long lives, so you're able to watch the Earth over millions, even billions of _____. And you observe a really strange ______. You observe that, over the course of the millennia, Earth is continually bombarded with asteroids up until a point, and that at some point, corresponding roughly to our year, 2000 AD, asteroids that are on a collision course with the Earth that otherwise would have collided mysteriously get _________ or they detonate before they can hit the Earth. Now of course, as earthlings, we know the ______ would be that we're trying to save ourselves. We're trying to prevent an impact. But if you're an alien race who doesn't know any of this, doesn't have any concept of Earth intelligence, you'd be forced to put together a physical theory that ________ how, up until a certain point in time, asteroids that would demolish the surface of a ______ mysteriously stop doing that. And so I claim that this is the same question as understanding the ________ ______ of intelligence.

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Let's take a step back. Let's first begin with a thought experiment. Pretend that you're an alien race that doesn't know anything about Earth biology or Earth neuroscience or Earth intelligence, but you have amazing telescopes and you're able to watch the Earth, and you have amazingly long lives, so you're able to watch the Earth over millions, even billions of years. And you observe a really strange effect. You observe that, over the course of the millennia, Earth is continually bombarded with asteroids up until a point, and that at some point, corresponding roughly to our year, 2000 AD, asteroids that are on a collision course with the Earth that otherwise would have collided mysteriously get deflected or they detonate before they can hit the Earth. Now of course, as earthlings, we know the reason would be that we're trying to save ourselves. We're trying to prevent an impact. But if you're an alien race who doesn't know any of this, doesn't have any concept of Earth intelligence, you'd be forced to put together a physical theory that explains how, up until a certain point in time, asteroids that would demolish the surface of a planet mysteriously stop doing that. And so I claim that this is the same question as understanding the physical nature of intelligence.

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