Sasquatch Intelligence
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Is there evidence for Sasquatch intelligence? What is intelligence and practically how can it be measured indirectly or directly?

Intelligence. Quantified, Intelligence Quotient (IQ).

Here is my own proposal and some examples:

Intelligence is the social ability to make the best decisions with the least information. This applies to the first dimension of processing object relations, or the higher dimensionality of knowing the self as different (sapient) from surroundings, the construction and maintenance or other minds or contexts; and lastly the superposition of many minds and possibilities in order to limit information flow and bluff. Intelligence in the last is a feedback loop and may be ferociously parsimonius and quiet.

Discussion: We may have innate talents but the expertise of anothers perspective and mind is a social phenomena. Essential to intelligence as an activity, is simulation. The more simuls a nervous system can manage, the deeper may a plan on their combined states be made. Humans tend in their entitled way to consider sociality itself to be human centric but in the area of natural rather than human intelligence, any sympathy with ones surroundings regardless with a human or with the wind, is a social interaction. There may be significant differences, but I think intelligence outside of the human case is not controversial and may occur in any complex system or species.

Quite often when intelligence is discussed, it is the depth of thought that is highlighted rather than speed or accuracy. Depth itself may be different or related to how connections among objects are remembered, or shifting context and the ability to process groups and classes. The capacity to make inferences from limited information is often acting upon the relational rather than material record set and this is a practice of simulation when multiple scenarios or proposals are mounted at the same time, cancelling out to leave the best decision or the illusion of sentience. Taking a risk and acting upon the remaining condensed hallucination I suspect is in mosaic fashion coming from a different set of genes.

Testing or quantifying intelligence requires designing a test that produces a score that allows some other agent to predict the subjects performance of a future task based on that score. The goal of the test is not the reliable intelligence of any particular subject, but the reliability of plans made with those subjects. The test practitioners conduct the test assuming the subjects answer truthfully and completely. The subjects may be given a score that they inherently trust. This perfect world may continue until a distortion in trust occurs. The subject may develop a sensitivity to their actions being observed or quantified and think twice about their actions and inherent advertizement of plans. Once the subject considers the presence of another mind, it will refine its behaviour to include ambiguity, deception, false representation and mimicry.

Based on this I hypothesize that their talents within the nocturnal belt for hiding and existing in remote areas is not to evade humans so much as to evade themselves as social creatures. If they can evade each other, they can probably evade us. Females and mating may be subject to competition between males and a desire for paternity. If they must go to great lengths to protect their children from invading males, they might seek refuge in remote areas. This is a weak hypothesis, but group behaviour is probably at work that influences how they interact and show trust among their own kind.

Humans instinctively impose their own trust models on sasquatch and expect certain advertizements.

What are signs of intelligence? I think sociality itself indicates a certain amount given the rarified environments they are reported in. Every social system starts with names. No nervous system worth its salt would survive if it was not plastic to some degree and capable of new names. Once the unique identifiers are in place, then the simulation can begin which once extended will include self awareness and ultimately control over what information is shared.

Besides sociality with parasocial on one side and eusocial on the other; I think curiosity indicates intelligence because of the desire to refine a simul or how simuls connect. Curiosity is a departure from passive observation and learning but a willing desire to disturb or change things for a short term goal or answer.

Besides sociality and curiosity there is art. These are simulation by-products and are evidence of a permuting awareness being creative in the exploration of determining and perhaps experiencing truth.

It seems from the majority of public reports that Sasquatch is social, curious and artistic. Whether language exists is yet to be determined. However, if you are a sasquatch yourself and reading this document, please excuse my ignorance.

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10/02/12