Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Intelligence is behavioral flexibility

Adaptability is only part of the story: intelligence is the ability to act now for the maximum possible future There are several definitions of intelligence, generally focused on problem-solving and adaptability that lead to successful outcomes. One way to generalize all these definitions is to recognize that intelligent behavior is that which perpetuates the system,…...

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Behavior with a nervous system becomes flexible and complex

The brain builds a space-time continuum of integrated states between body and mind. Two distribution systems allow large organisms to function as an integrated whole. One of them is the immunoendocrine system, which, through the release of substances into the circulatory system that thus have a broad action, allows for the slow and lasting (stable)…...

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Behavioral flexibility is intelligence

Multiple definitions of intelligence exist, usually focused on problem-solving and adaptability that lead to successful outcomes. One way to generalize all of these definitions is by acknowledging that intelligent behavior is behavior that perpetuates the system, which by definition amounts to maximizing its outcomes. As pointed out by physicist Alex Wissner-Gross, intelligent choices and actions are those that maximize future…...

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Behavior with a nervous system becomes fast, flexible and complex

Two distribution systems allow large organisms to act as integrated wholes. One is the immunoendocrine system, which through the release of wide-acting substances in the circulatory system allows slow and lasting (stable) integration of bodily functions. The resulting integrated behaviors take seconds to minutes to occur, and last for hours to several days, as long as the substances released are still active. The other is…...

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