MF Define the intellectual level

From: Magnus Berg (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2000 - 22:14:14 BST


> In short, define the intellectual level.

C'mon guys'n'gals! What's holding you back? I don't want a bunch of fuzzy phrases from
chapter X or a pack of slips as the definition of the intellectual level. I want a
straight forward, cut to the chase and kick ass definition! We have barely a month to
go. If we don't get started, we'll never get something out of it.

What's wrong with a definition like:

An intellectual pattern is something that has a meaning.

Or, to get all the levels into the definition, (because it's dependent on all the rest).

An intellectual pattern is an inorganic pattern that is interpreted as something else
by sensing the biological value and interpreting it using a socially valuable language.

Negative example:

I follow a path in the woods and spot a branch lying about. I grab the branch and use
it later to make a fire.

No intellectual pattern here, I just use the inorganic value of the branch.

Positive example:

A bushman follows a path in the woods and spots the same branch lying about. He notices
the branch because such trees don't grow in this part of the wood and interprets it
as a sign from his fellow hunters to follow the direction of the branch to find them.

Here, the branch is an intellectual pattern because the bushman knows the language the
pattern was written in.

The hieroglyphs of old Egypt was also just carvings on stone before they knew what they
meant. They had a pretty good idea that it ought to be intellectual patterns but they
couldn't know for sure, neither what they meant, until they found the Rosetta stone.
They lacked the language, and since the lacked the language, the hieroglyphs was reduced
to inorganic value, because higher levels are dependent on lower.

Any thoughts?

        Magnus -

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