This article is based on a blog post. I felt it would be stimulating and perhaps useful to some in dealing with those who argue against the existence of God, His involvement in His creation, or those who deny the non-physical realm. Ed.
Third Dimension Intelligence
By Rusty Leupp
In this article, I challenge the very existance of the third dimension of intelligence and make a startling correlation between the third dimension of thought and the non-physical realm we so long to deny. Well, here we go:
Intelligence is always an interesting topic, because we all know what it is, but nobody can really define it. It’s like in geometry, you had your three undefined terms: point, line, plane. Well, intelligence is kind of an undefined term here. What is it? Are computers intelligent? Most would say no. They can many times calculate and recall information immensely better than humans, but is the ability to calculate and remember intelligence? How about the ability to reason? To look at a problem and come to a solution? Computers can do that too. You can program a computer to find it’s way around a randomized maze that’s different every time. Any decent chess program can beat me in chess. How about animals? Are animals intelligent? They respond to their surroundings and many times use a mild degree of strategy to attack other animals. Is this intelligence? I would sayÂ yes to a degree.
But what about humans? In my oppinion, humans are on a completely different dimension of intelligence than any other creature. For instance, animal intelligence is kind of like a 2D graph, with an x and y axis, while human intelligence is 3D. Humans have an ability that animals and mechanics, such as computers, just don’t have. A major point in this would be creativity. Have you ever heard an animal write a song? Have you ever seen an animal paint a picture? These traits are exclusively human traits, as are many emotions. Emotions such as hope or despair also seem to appear in humans to a totally different degree than in animals, despite what animal psychologists may say.
So this “third dimension” of intelligence, as I’ve termed it, why is it so special? Well, the first dimension I would say is like a line in geometry. An example would be a computer. The second dimension of intelligence is what an animal would have, and would be logically parallel to a plane in geometry. The third, and final dimension, is human-exclusive (Note that the dimensions, like in geometry, are cumulative. A plane contains lines.). This is the dimension that contains complex emotions and desires. Such things as the ability to wish for something or the ability to apply the abstract to the real world life reside in this dimension. Notice what’s special about this dimension of intelligence, though. In the third dimension, there is more than just a response to stimuli. There is an actual abstract thinking process going on that requires no physical action at all. For instance, if an animal just sits there, we all say it’s doing nothing. If a human is staring at a page full of symbols, though, we assume what? That he’s reading. For humans we acknowledge that a great deal can be done without the physical realm being involved at all.
Scientific theory, number theory, music, and emotions all require no physical action at all. Don’t get me wrong, certainly they can be applied to the physical world, but I’m saying, to do math, you don’t need to be physically doing anything at all. You can get a song “stuck in your head” and without ever hearing it, the song is still having an influence on the way you act. So what’s so special about thinking without there being an initiating stimulus? Read on:
What would you do if a ball just started rolling without any force having an impact on it at all? You say “that can’t happen, it’s violating the laws of physics.” Exactly. So there must be an initiating stimulus for the ball to change it’s course at all. Is the same true for your brain? Think about it. If it is, do you realize the incredible implications made here? This means that ingelligence in the third dimension cannot exist! How so? Go back to the ball illustration. If something does hit the ball, how many courses can it take and still follow the laws of physics? One. You cannot have two equal sets of conditions and apply the same force to the ball in both and have the ball take two different paths. That would violate the laws of physics.
Think on the atomic level. Things can’t just make themselves move, they have to have kinetic energy. When a particle hits another particle, the kinetic energy is transferred from one particle to another. Can a particle just change it’s course on it’s own though, just because it feels like it? No. Is your brain made out of particles? Yes. Are these particles bound by the laws of physics? Yes. So therefore, there is only one path that your mind can think on. This means that the third dimension of intelligence does not exist! Unless…
Unless there is more to the human thought process than the physical world as we know it! In other words, in order for the third dimension of intelligence to exist, which most of us assume it does, there must be a part of man””outside the realm of the physical world””that doesn’t have to obey the laws of physics as we know them. That’s the only way possible that the intelligence level of the human brain can be achieved, because theoretically, in the physical world as we know it, the third dimension of intelligence is impossible.
There is much evidence for an extra-physical part of man, actually. Using GÃ¶del’s incredibly famous “Incompleteness Theorem,” you can actually overlap math and philosophy. If you reason out the theorem’s implications to their logical end, which GÃ¶del himself did, you can come to the conclusion that there is an extra-physical part of the human thinking process. Weird, huh? And freaky… A soul? Is it real? For ages, men have longed to deny the existance of anything beyond the physical realm we know, but now… It has been said that no physicist can be a true atheist. Theorems such as GÃ¶del’s shake the very foundation of human thought, for if there is no extra-physical part of man, that leaves only one other implication: That we are on a set course that we cannot alter, just like everything else. The universe is a programmed sequence of events that cannot be altered. We are bound by the chains of the laws of physics.
So what do you think? If you think humans indeed posess the third dimension of intelligence, you must also reason that there is an extra-physical part of man. If you don’t believe man has an extra-physical part, you then condemn humans to the hands of fate. What will happen will happen, and there’s nothing we can do to alter it.