What Intelligence Is Not:
Will a million monkeys pounding on keyboards produce a
best selling novel? Modernism explains intelligence as a
miracle that occurs when a number becomes large enough.
For example, modern "philosophers" argue that humans are
more rational than monkeys because humans have a slightly
larger brain. Yet monkeys have only slightly less of a
brain than a human, and they have no rationality. Does
rationality reach critical mass at a certain threshold?
If that were true, we could simply put several monkeys
together, and we would have more intelligence than a
human; except we don't.
For the last 50 years, computer scientists have said that
computers would become more intelligenct than humans
through artificial intelligence, yet computers have made
very little (if any) progress in this area. For example,
massive neural nets produce no logical answer unless they
are programmed to do so, and neural nets can not start
from zero and produce its own program. Random events have
to be intelligently influenced by an external
intelligence (the software), or the events will be random.
Modernists blindly believe in the survival of the fittest
without making any attempt to think it through. When, in
a time that shaped our existence, a comet hits earth and
kills a group of dinosaurs, we are supposed to believe
that those dinosaurs were more unfit than the survivors?
Some of the most unfit are the pregnant and infants. If
only the fit survive, then the population quickly dies.
The strongest and most fit are often warriors. They ride
off to battle and are killed.
In the survival of the fittest, if accidental mutations
are more fit, they survive. Yet, in real life, each
person has many characteristics that the progeny
inherits. Some of those will be bad, but the good and bad
are all inherited together. If the mutations are purely
accidental, then half will be good and half will be bad.
Then a bad mutation is just as likely to survive as a
The ego tends to grow with fitness. When a person knows
that he is more fit, his ego tends to make him a target.
Julius Caesar thought he was the most fit, yet his only
grandchild died after several days. So a paragon of
modernism was not fit enough to survive?
What makes survival intelligent or fit? If intelligence
progresses through survival, then survival is sculpting
away the unwanted while leaving the wanted. We are
supposed to believe that "fit" is the only intelligence
of the survival sculpting, and the only intelligence of
"fit" are accidental mutations. Yet all of this is
mathematically impossible. A random operation on a random
set results in a different random set. The operation can
iterated any number of times, and the final set is still
Intelligence has the order of symmetry, and random
functions destroy symmetry. The more we iterate
randomness the more random it becomes. If we "believe" in
mathematics, then survival of the fittest is sheer
What Drives Evolution:
We are not saying that evolution doesn't happen; and
intelligent evolution can occur from the survival of the
fit, if "fit" is an intelligent act. In fact, we are
constantly exposed to this type of "evolution" in our
daily lives, but we are more likely to call it
Let's suppose that mythological gods look down upon our
culture. They place a man and a woman on a planet and the
population grew. In due time, people learned that if they
had a house, they would suffer less in the rain. So
houses eventually became a standard part of life. The
mythological gods would notice that the population with
houses eventually overwhelmed those that didn't have
houses. The houses made them more fit, but the gods were
fooled. The first house was not a random mutation; it was
an invention. Death did not eliminate the homeless;
everyone thought that a house was a good idea, so they
made themselves houses.
The ancient Greeks philosophically proved that everything
was made up of parts. As science has progressed, it has
verified that the Greeks were correct. Aquinas used
philosophy to prove that the parts had to be about as
smart as the whole. Organic computing and molecular
biology are daily demonstrating that we are made up of
smaller intelligent parts that we refer to
intelligent recursion which
Aquinas was the first to reveal.
Aquinas reasoned that the components of an intelligent
being would necessarily be about as intelligent as the
whole. For example, when we take in the sun, we become
darker, and that darkness will be passed on through our
DNA. It is an intelligent (not a random) act. Evolution
through intelligent recusion was known centuries before
Darwinism, but modernists chose to ignore Aquinas.
With our intelligent recursion, we not only adapt to our
environment; we invent where we live, as in the house
example. If the food supply is low, we become smaller; if
the sun is brighter, we become darker. It is not survival
of fittest; it is intelligent innovation.
Modernists believe that intelligence comes from a
critical mass of cells, but they don't know the exact
number. We have already proved with the monkey examples
that intelligence doesn't come from a big number. We can
also mathematically show that a neural net produces
random noise, and it doesn't matter how many CPUs are in
the net. Even if modernists don't "believe" in
mathematics, large neural nets have been tried. The
result was random. Intelligence does not come from a
large number as modernists insist. In fact, modernists
are ignorant of the origin of intelligence or even what
intelligence is. They reach an impossible conclusion and
blindly believe in it. We will suffer the same fate, if
we look to them for answers.
As Saint John of Damascus was keen to show, rational
intelligence comes from the spirit, but what is the
spirit? Aquinas pointed to the creation story for this
answer. Our bodies and souls were made from dirt, but God
breathed the spirit into us (Summa Theologica -> First
Part -> Question 118 on NewAdvent.org). For us, this
means that we inherit our body and soul from our parents,
and that God gives each person their own spirit. Since we
inherit the the soul, we would inherit the soul's
appetites which is why we inherit orginal sin.
We can turn away from sin, because the body and soul can
change. We can not change our spirit. We die with the
same spirit that we had when we were born. God doesn't
change, so the breath of God that is in us can not
change. We all know that certain parts of a person never
change. Regardless of what has happened to a person, we
would know the person if we looked close enough. In fact,
the spirit does not change after death. The soul loses
its free will after the death of the body, because a
free will requires three parts. So
a sinful soul is tormented with a holy spirit throughout
eternity after death which is Hell. The body and soul
change while the body is still alive, but the spirit
remains the same forever. So the spirit is obviously
different than the body and soul.
As we have
shown, only humans
have a spirit which is why only humans have rational
intelligence. As Saint John of Damascus advocated, any
quest for intelligence is a spiritual quest, because
intelligence comes from the breath of God that is our
spirit. This is not an opinion or belief, because Aquinas
made it into a known fact by binding the free will to the
power of the rational soul (i.e. a soul that was assumed
by a spirit).
This fact has been known for centuries; we are not
inventing it here. But the answer has been ignored. While
it may initially seem that the answer is that
intelligence comes from God, that is only the title of
the book. It is a lot easier to spell calculus then to
use it. To gain a working knowledge of how intelligence
comes from God more study is needed.
Aquinas essentially proved that evolution would begin in
our smallest parts, by proving that our parts were about
as intelligent as we are. We can not know what our parts
don't know, so that means that our parts understand
before we do. In other words, intelligence comes from
within. If the intelligent inspiration is followed, the
whole being adopts (not adapts) the intelligence. We know
this is how our society works, why would we think that
our body is different? God is infinitely simple; whatever
functions in a group of people will also work inside the
For example, when the Franks fought the Moors at Tours,
the Moors had heavy cavalry and lost. Yet, the Franks
noticed that the Moors had stirrups, and the Franks
adopted them. This is obviously intelligent design and
not the survival of the fittest. Evolution was on the
side of the Moors, but they merely taught that evolution
to the Franks. After the Franks had stirrups, everyone in
Europe used stirrups, and the age of knights and chivalry
The same thing has to happen inside our body. Our
intelligent cells (or something smaller) will notice a
good innovation which usually doesn't kill the cells who
lack the innovation, but the innovation will be adopted.
And the design suddenly becomes more intelligent.
What Intelligence Is:
Where would be without intelligence? We depend upon
intelligence for everything, and yet we don't know what
That is not unusual for us. For example, we are
completely dependent upon light which causes
photosynthesis in plants, and we need plants if we are
going to eat. Yet we don't know what light is. Light
works as both a particle and wave. We can't say what
light is, or better it is hard to say what light is not.
If things like light or intelligence came from our
dimension we could easily define what they were, but we
can't. In addition, we will also show that light and
intelligence come from another dimension in a definitive
What a Dimension Is:
Let's begin with the definition of a dimension.
In the world of physics and mathematics, a dimension is
something that can be measured from a time and space
reference such as Minkowski spacetime. Other systems
essentially build on this to add more dimensions or even
Our space-time box (Minkowski spacetime) is accurate,
because we can see it, but the addition of other
dimensions would violate the nature of intelligence. This
is not to say that they can't be worked into some system
to solve a problem, but the future of higher order
dimensions rests in interdependent relationships rather
than the extension of complexity. In other words, any
intelligent system is more simple when more of it can be
realized. God is infinitely simple.
To be more specific, we obviously live in sub-dimension
of a greater dimension, because we are dependent upon
light, intelligence, and other things that we can't
define. Those things would come from a higher dimension.
In addition, we are unaware of any dimensions that we
support; in fact, we don't know why we exist, except
through the eyes of Faith.
By now, we are pretty familiar with our space-time box
(our dimension), and we know how things work as long as
they stay in our dimension. For example, if an object has
a normal mass, it will obey Newtonian physics. If the
mass becomes very small or very large, Newtonian physics
fades and other forces play the major roles. It is not
just mass; the same is true for velocity, temperature, or
almost anything you can imagine. When something starts
obeying a different set of laws than those in classical
physics, we can say that it is going into another
Everything that exists outside of our reality is in
another dimension. We don't see the place(s) of the dead,
so the dead are in another dimension. Jesus travelled
from Heaven to Earth and then to Hell and so forth. He
could travel across dimensions. Our dimension is the
world we know and how it works. When something defies our
experience, it is outside of dimension.
Why We Are Rational:
Since we are made up parts, we can't know something,
unless some part of us knows it. The same thing is true
of our parts. If they are made up of still smaller parts,
then the larger part can not know something that is not
known by one of its components. A mostly overlooked
ramification of that simple truth, is that intelligence
starts in our smallest part and works it way up. In other
words, our parts which are so small that they extend into
another dimension initially receive intelligence. If the
intelligence attracts the support of nearby parts, a
movement is started that advocates the intelligence
within us. If the intelligences reaches enough support,
we will become conscious of it. So intelligence comes to
us from another dimension through our smallest parts.
Our society does many (maybe most) things to prevent
intelligence. We often have top down structures that
crush the inspiration of the less important. We don't
benefit from that intelligence, and when we prevent
inspiration, we cause frustration which leads to tension.
Most of the tension in our society and stress within our
bodies is because we ignore the aspirations of those with
little clout. While some structure is needed to maintain
order, no chain is any stronger than its weakest link. If
we don't deal with our weakness, it will deal with us
Intelligence begins in another dimension and enters into
our dimension in some small and insignificant way. If we
are too busy with our boss's orders or family
expectations, then the infant inspiration will die from a
lack of creativity and nurturing. While it may seem
impossible to be so sensitive, it becomes the norm as we
bring our prayer life into our daily life. And besides,
the only other option is insentive, stupid sin.
Among all the creatures within our dimension, humans are
unique in that they have a spiritual (aka, rational or
soul with a spirit) soul, and we are rational because our
intelligence enters our spirit. Since we are made up of
intelligent parts, then our parts have spiritual souls.
The spirits of our smallest parts receive the intelligent
inspiration from God. By feeling the presence of God we
nurture our creativity and intelligence. Holy Saints such
as Joseph of Cupertino and John Vianney seemed to
increase in intelligence as they became older and grew
closer to God.
Cultures also increase in intelligence as
they become more religious which is why most
inventions come from Christian countries.
This is not to say that the best inventions are from the
holiest people, because several other factors enter into
the equation. Yet, Faith environments allow intelligence
to prosper by setting up environments that nurture
intelligence. For example, the holiest people do not
necessarily come from the holiest parents, but certain
populations produce most of the holiest. In addition,
Saints are likely to know other Saints, whereas it very
unlikely that ordinary sinners will know a Saint. Both
holiness and intelligence are contagious.
If intelligence was generated (rather than received) by
the brain as most suppose, the increase in intelligence
would be somewhat linear. And the more we knew the less
our intelligence would increase, because we would be
forgetting things, and our learning would remain somewhat
constant. As John von Neumann observed and Ray Kurzweil
calculated, intelligence is accelerating towards
infinity. Of course, that doesn't happen if intelligence
is generated, because our brains are not approaching
infinity. The explanation is that intelligence is like
light. As we approach the light source, the light
accelerates in intensity in accordance with the inverse
square law. We are in the end times. God is approaching.
As we get closer to the rupture (Neumann's term), the
amount of intelligence hitting our spirit is accelerating
How Animals Are Intelligent:
So far we have discussed rational intelligence, but
humans have other levels of intelligence. Rational
intelligence is only our soul's highest power; we and
other animals have a sensitive soul which has a different
system of intelligence. As we look across the designs of
various systems, we usually find that a big system is
composed of more than one part. So, it is hardly
surprising that our dimension would have more than one
passions are the
next level of intelligence, where passions are appetites
of the sensitive soul. Animals have passions as well,
because animals have sensitive souls. Humans only have
one soul, but it has three levels of powers: rational,
sensitive, and vegetative, in that order. Animals have
the lower two levels.
If we compare these levels to a computer system, the
rational intelligence is the program written and loaded
into the computer. The intelligence comes directly from
the thinking in another dimension (the programmer's
head), and it directly runs the computer. When computers
were first invented, the programmer had to control every
piece of equipment. The computer architects found out
real fast that it was far more efficient for the computer
to handle the Basic Input/Output System methods and BIOS
was created. To be absurd, we might point out that BIOS
did not evolve from a neural net running a "survival of
the fittest" algorithm.
After the computer is made, the users run all kinds of
software (like rational intelligence), but they seldom
change the BIOS (like sensitive intelligence). In fact,
the BIOS usually resides in some type of read only memory
such as ROM, EPROM, or Flash.
The software can do all kinds of things, but the BIOS is
very limited in what it can do.
An automaton or robot, that is running on a factory floor
in some series of cycles, is basically running from the
BIOS which is how animals function.
The BIOS was created by a programmer, but after the robot
is working, the programmer is not likely to change the
BIOS again. The robot is what it is.
Rational intelligence changes with knowledge and opinion,
but sensitive intelligence is pretty much what it is. It
can be changed, but it is not easy. And certaintly
sensitive intelligence is not changed very often.
Now it gets interesting. The BIOS is mostly from the
manufacturer, and the software is mostly from the user.
In the same way, animals are all about following
sensitive appetites (i.e., passions), whereas humans can
be very innovative. The sensitive intelligence can learn,
and that intelligence is inherited by the next
generation from the behavior of their parents. Rational
intelligence is learned, but it is from God, so it can
not be inherited. In other words, "the breath of life"
that Aquinas points to in Genesis, is not knowledge that
For example, birds learn to fly South by migrating with
their parents, whereas a human is uniquely talented. The
the children of an inventor are not likely to follow in
that parent's footsteps. If they try, they will have to
develop their own methods. Whatever their parent used to
invent is not known to them. This is also why no one
inherits their Faith. Each person has to find God in a
Evolution occurs inside an animal in the same way it
occurs outside of an animal (e.g., in the herd), because
the same intelligence (sensitive) is being used both
inside and out.
If a herd is migrating, and it finds the needed water a
little to the west of where they usually found it, they
will change their migration to where the water is. The
younger members will learn this behavior, and it will
become a tradition. Of course, the same thing happens
inside the body, or no animal would remember that the
course was changed.
Sensitive appetites often rule over sheer survival
appetites which implies that "survival of the fittest"
places a rather insignificant part. For example, when
wildebeests come to a river full of hungry crocodiles,
the sensitive appetites encourage the wildebeests. The
first ones will eaten, and the others watch them being
devoured. Yet, they will cross the river after a while,
because their sensitive appetites overrule their survival
How Plants Are Intelligent:
In humans, the lowest powers of our soul are the
vegetative appetites which involve nutrition,
reproduction, and other similar maintenance functions.
If we go back to our computer example, vegetative
appetites are similar to the transistors in the computer.
These transistors are etched into silicon at the chip
manufacturer; they can't be changed.
This means that vegetative appetites can not be changed
in a single generation, but each generation is different
from the last generation. In fact, each member of a
generation is different from every other member of a
Vegetative appetites are passed in the DNA, and modern
science is all over DNA. This means that vegetative
appetites are inherited at conception, and they stay the
same for life. Any change would be a miracle (or
radioactive spider - just kidding).
Sensitive appetites will influence vegetative appetites
especially over several generations. For example, if the
the ancestors had corn as a staple, the current
generation will like corn.
The argument for the "survival of the fittest" is usually
made from genetic mutations at conception, because as the
initial cell splits, all other cells pick up the same
mutation. Yet that argument implies that the mutation is
random. No one even knows why the mutation occurred, so
we don't know that it has no correlation in other
dimensions. We have already mathematically shown that it
can't be random across all dimensions, but it may be
random to our dimension.
The Darwinists argue that evolution started slow and
picked up speed. But the mathematics say that evolution
from random events has to start fast and slow down.
Evolution would have a limit of diminishing returns, if
evolution is random across all dimensions. We agree with
the Darwinist that evolution started slow and gradually
accelerated. If evolution is accelerating, it proves
intelligent design because only hierarchical intelligence
has evolution evolving into a revolution.
For example, engineers initially worked on a junction
inside a transitor. As the designed advanced, several
transistors were put together. We were then able to build
flip-flops, and from flip-flops we could make state
machines. With state machines and hundreds of thousands
of transistors, we were able to make computers on a
single chip which allowed us to put computers into
phones, ovens, televisions, and many other household
appliances. We went from almost no electronic evolution
to an evolution revolution that was built on hierarchical
intelligence (e.g., junctions to transistors to
flip-flops to state machines to computers).
Whenever something in science is not understood, many
conclude that it is random, but that is likely driven by
their frustrated ego. Randomness can not be achieved with
software, so random is not as easy as it might seem.
Where whould a mutation gain the intellectual ability to
Plants are complex, and the mutation has to be compatible
with the rest of the plant. While many "believe" it is
possible for anything to come from a big number, they are
obviously not mathematicians. In fact, the existing
complexities of plants rule out any significant random
changes, because the change has to fit into
too many factors.
If the design is extremely simple, then serendipity can
improve it. For example, vulcanized rubber is sometimes
ascribed to an accident, but the inventor, Charles
Goodyear, said that it was invented through observation
and hardwork. Goodyear spent most of his life inventing
it, and maybe an accident played some part.
The vulcanization of rubber is only a couple of steps,
but the mutation in plants has to fit many criteria. If
the fit requires more than 3 or 4 criteria to be met,
then random mutations become mathematically impossible.
Many of the features can be inherited, but by definition,
the mutation is not inherited. While it difficult to
determine the number of criteria the mutation would have
to meet, more than 20 criteria is likely which would rule
out all mutations except intelligent mutations.
For example, something new has to have all the old parts,
and it must contain the improvement. If a man went to a
tailor for a perfectly fitted suit, the tailor would have
to copy everything that the man already has. The man
needs one more thing, but he doesn't tell the tailor what
it is. If the tailor has 35 things that can be changed
and each of those can be changed in 35 ways, and each of
combinations affect all other combinations, then what is
the possibility that the tailor will get it right? If
each thing could only be changed in 2 ways, we would have
2 times 35 possibilities. But that assumes that the
change is either in or out (binary), yet the change is a
matter of degree. Only one change and one possibility has
an infinite number of possibilities. For example, an
infinite number of decimal numbers can occur between zero
and one. If a random event changed one thing, it is
likely to impact other things. The tailor can't get it
perfect which means that the tailor will mess something
up. As a practical matter, the chance for an improvement
does not exist, because too many random chances of
failure also exist.
This doesn't mean that all intelligent mutations have to
be successful. The idea is that if the mutation came from
God, that God would not need to experiment. God often
creates many things and selects one. For example, of all
the sperm a man creates, how many impregnate? This
doesn't mean that the other sperm are wasted anymore than
virginity is wasted. In other words, just because we know
sperm can participate in reproduction, our limited
intelligence doesn't necessarily know the whole or even
primary purpose of the sperm. As in the case of sperm, we
can have many mutations, and only one selected mutation.
From mathematics, we can show that the selected mutation
is not random, because the fit is too complex.
We have been using the computer model to show how
intelligence comes from another dimension and how
intelligence works in our dimension. The Darwinists claim
that random events create mutations and that the fit
survive, but randomness has unusual characteristics that
they fail to consider. We can use our computer model to
drive home this point.
In the tech area, we call everthing that exists outside
of computers the real world that contains things like
grass, trees, snow, and so forth. All the experience of
software in the computer world is a virtual reality. In
the real world, everything is unique, whereas in virtual
reality, nothing is unique. If we ponder that total
oppositeness for a minute or so, we would conclude that
the real world is created by something that is outside
the dimension of that which creates the virtual world.
But, we are only getting started.
We can create a random number with computer software if
we seed the random number generator with data from an
electronic sensor that senses practically anything from
the real world. For example, we could seed a lossless
compression algorithm (e.g., PNG or TIFF) with a
photograph. Compression removes any repeating patterns.
When the compression is pushed far enough, the photograph
becomes random and unique. Since it is unique, we can
claim that the fully compressed data is the identity of
the image. In other words, by inserting the real world
into virtual reality we introduce the invaluable novelties
of randomness and identity.
This means that the real world is made from something
altogether different than virtual reality. Humans created
virtual reality. If we were created by random events,
then the real world can not be created by random events.
If that were true, then we would find correlation between
virtual reality and the real world. In other words, if we
are a product of random events, then our intelligence has
to mimic the intelligence of the real world if the real
world was designed by random events. Yet we are unable to
derive anything unique in virtual reality without
starting with data from the real world. That is proof
that what makes the real world is different than the
intelligence that creates virtual reality. In other
words, if random events create the real world, then
random events could not have created our intelligence,
because we can't find any correlation to real world
creativity and virtual reality which is devoid of
Creative is not repeating events, and everything in our
creation of virtual reality is repeating events. If the
data doesn't repeat we have no chance to classify it or
understand it. New concepts have to be related to what we
know. If we experience something entirely new only once,
we would not be able relate the experience to anything
that we would describe as intelligent. Our intelligence
is the top intelligence in our dimension, and yet we
can't fathom or understand anything that is unique. This
exercise is another proof that the real world is created
from a different dimension, because everything in the
real world is unique.
Since we can only understand something if it correlates
to something we know, humans can not create randomness
which humans have already demonstrated in virtual
reality. If all of our intelligence can not create a
random event, where does it come from? Everything in the
real world is unique; we are surrounded by randomness and
take it for granted, as if it were nothing. But shouldn't
we respect something that we are not able to create or
understand? Is it not obvious that randomness comes from
another dimension? If randomness comes from another
dimension, so does creativity. In other words, we don't
have the intelligence to define a random event as
non-intelligent, but we know that any random events come
from another dimension. The Darwinists argue that a
random event can be creative which actually argues for
the principal of intelligent design. Everyone agrees that
a random event can be creative, and by definition, no one
understands any event that is random.
If the mutation is random and creative, then something
intelligently created the mutation. The people who build
the semiconductor chips are not robots who depend on
random neural nets. They put the changes into the chips
that they want. If their change is novel to that chip,
then all the intelligence or correlation on that chip
considers the change random. But it is only random to the
time-space box of that chip; it was not random to the
designer who implemented the change.