Bill Shackleton Posted about 1 month ago Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence "intelligence as a measure of a "being's" ability to manipulate 'things' in the environment." I did not conclude this from the talk.. not exactly. Manipulating physical objects may have been a means, but the drive to enhance and expand future choice could just as easily have resulted in reflection, conscious choice, imagination, and even non-action. Although I'm not yet sure that I agree completely with his specific equation, and the underlying concept that it represents, I am intrigued. So far, I see nothing that seems to contradict his theory - yet - including anything I've read in these comments. On the other hand, there are some things that seem consistent. For example, I might not consider the quick, reflexive action of a particular reptile to be as "intelligent" as the reflection of a sage (despite the fact that it might very well be the best survival technique in the particular situation). Couldn't that pause created in decoupling stimulus and response in order to generate options for future (in/)actions be consistent with this formula?