Great description. Not sure if I understand your point well enough, but it certainly is an interesting perspective and makes me smile just reading your words. I recently just graduate from college and do not dare to proclaim anything in front of full-time researchers. But I understood your words and think it’s a fabulous way to phrase the idea about intelligence, or say, universal/general intelligence.

My own little research involves evolution of lambda calculus functions. Lambda Calculus is a pure symbolic language where each word/element/sentence in it, is guaranteed to carry no semantic meaning, except it’s symbolic/syntactic “shape”. Lambda calculus is actually even “lower-level” than muscular activities in your story.

I believe, It is, actually, the lowest level we can achieve in an axiomatic system. Lambda calculus is equivalent to Turing Machine, so technically, I can rewrite anything computable in this universe in a sentence in lambda calculus. For those things not describable in lambda calculus, I deem them in the realm of gods. No intelligence should or attempt to perceive it.

There are only three kinds of symbols in lambda calculus. And each carry no meaning. The dynamics in lambda calculus is achieved by only one rule, the rule of substitution, which I consider, the most important necessary rule for any kind of intelligence to form. It is so primitive, so pure, and so close to god. Yeah we can encode/rewrite everything into lambda calculus sentences. Alonzo Church (inventor of Lambda Calculus) has an encoding scheme to convert the problem domain of natural numbers into lambda sentences. I used it to evolved problems solvers for simple regression problems.

But why would you do that? After all, I am just a human perceiving meaning from bunch of meaningless symbols. Did I find the source of wisdom? Surely I can gain the greatest intelligence by exploiting this source with extreme computational power, and solve the hardest problems! The source though, infinite as it is, would never show me any sign of tiredness, and universal as it is, would never show me any sign of loneliness or sympathy. My intelligence comes from this source, so does the intelligence of any rock.

The low level always constitutes the high level. The lower the level, the harder for the high level to interfere. The lowest level is divine, by the rule of the universe, and could never be tampered with.

There might be many gods, but this universe only has one form of intelligence.

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