I hereby launch a theory that explains what intelligence is, how intelligence came to be, how intelligence works and why we are different from animals.
My name is Max Farjon, born in Amsterdam in the year 1920.
The theory F was not the result of an examination of the functioning of the brain, but of how animals and people behave as a result of their intelligence as formulated here. The letter F is added to denote the theory.
Central to this theory is the concept of manipulation, here understood as processing of objects and material like bending, cutting and moving. The core of the theory is as follows:
In nature a self reproductive animal arose that developed to higher life forms through the teachings of Darwin. Next to that reproductive ability, there arose a second power: an ability to invent new manipulations with an advantage. That ability is called intelligence in theory F. Applying a new manipulation however, was subject to two conditions:
- the available attributes for applying the new manipulation. With attributes is meant: hands, legs, toes, vocal cords, claws, beaks, lips, tongues and such.
- the habitat of the animal, which provided objects and material by which new manipulations can be accomplished.
An animal grew evolutionary more in welfare as he came to live in more favorable conditions 1 and 2. That second power was virtually the guiding principle that led animals with hands to mankind. Without this guiding principle mankind would not have originated.
Intelligence arose early in the history of animals already as a consequence of a mutation in heritable properties.
Their development was dependent on the extent to which they were able to devise and implement new manipulations.
New manipulations are saved in the brain for reuse, the total amount of manipulations saved is called arsenal.
Part of the theory is also that at some point intelligence was limited in adding manipulations regarding the amount. If the limit in the amount of manipulations saved was achieved then a mutation in hereditary properties was needed again to help the intelligence grow in power so that new manipulations could be invented. This was accompanied with more brain mass and more cranial capacity. The latter also depended again on a mutation in hereditary characteristics. Therefore the intelligence could only grow in small steps.
It follows from the above that the number of saved manipulations in the arsenal is a measurement for the intelligence, that number is called IN (Intelligence Number). Very fundamental is now that each animal is limited by his ability to apply new manipulations. A deer has very little manipulating power and remained therefore less intelligent than the jackdaw who with its beak and claws can manipulate much better.