Intelligence as Accurate Prediction

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This paper argues that intelligence can be approximated by the ability to produce accurate predictions. It is further argued that general intelligence can be approximated by context dependent predictive abilities combined with the ability to use working memory to abstract away contextual information. The flexibility associated with general intelligence can be understood as the ability to use selective attention to focus on specific aspects of sensory impressions to identify patterns, which can then be used to predict events in novel situations and environments. The argumentation synthesizes Godfrey-Smith’s environmental complexity theory, adding the notion of niche broadness as well as changes concerning the view of cognition and control, and Hohwy’s predictive mind theory, making explicit the significance of accuracy as a composite of trueness and precision where the nervous system acts as a distributed controller motivating actions that keep the body in homeostasis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-499
JournalReview of Philosophy and Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date2021 Mar 16
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy


  • Intelligence
  • Prediction
  • Homeostasis


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