Moffett and Intelligent Self-Interest

Let’s pull up Moffett’s Universe again:


Now watch Robert Wright and think about our intelligence moving from top-left to bottom-right on Moffett’s universe for cooperation to trump conflict.

Why People Think Computers Can’t


Found this Marvin Minsky article while surfing.

Dan Dennet discusses the contradiction of “fake consciousness” and “real consciousness.”

Intelligence, Moffett and Zachman

Way back when I posted the following table:


This table represents James Moffett’s “Universe of Discourse” from his book, Teaching the Universe of Discourse. I recently read a blog post by John Wesley discussing memory as cognition and metacognition and it made Moffett’s universe all the more relevant. Jeff Hawkins of the Redwood Neuroscience Institute was of the opinion that a theory of mind would focus on prediction. When I stopped and put these two together, I realized that a complete theory of mind would actually encompass Moffett’s universe. John Wesley’s blog dealt with “reporting” and Jeff Hawkins theory dealt with “theorizing”.

If we use Moffett’s universe as a map for the theory of intelligence we can see that intelligence is separated into a data dimension and a people dimension. According to the universe there are sixteen different facets of intelligence. Let’s look at the Moffett universe more abstractly:


But in the light of the Zachman Framework that is not all there is to intelligence or to the universe of discourse for that matter. An intelligent system according to the Zachman framework does not have two, but six dimensions.


If we look at the six dimensions afforded by the Zachman framework we see there is not only a “recording” component or a “prediction” component on a one dimensional axis that deals with only data. We also see that there is not only a data dimension and people dimension. We in fact discover that there is “spatial” intelligence (network), “causal” intelligence (motive), “process” intelligence (function) and “chronological” intelligence (time).

It is fascinating how a simple six dimensional model can create such a complex interplay.

I am of the opinion that each of these facets has a certain amount of hard wiring in the brain.