Special Issue "The Digital-mathematical Analysis of Rational Human Intelligence"


A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Leo Depuydt
Department of Egyptology and Ancient West Asian Studies, Brown University, Box 1899, Providence, RI 02912-1899, USA
Website: http://research.brown.edu/myresearch/Leo_Depuydt
Phone: +1 401 863 3131
Interests: language; thought; linguistics; Boolean algebra; digitalization of language thought analysis; ancient science and mathematics; languages and history of ancient and medieval Egypt and related ancient civilizations; history of Egyptian, the world\'s longest attested language

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Little or nothing is known at this time about how the biological brain functions on the smallest scale. The present focus is on rational—as distinct from

emotional—intelligence. Rational intelligence is the ability that allows people to think rationally. It is a property shared by the brains of all reasonable people. Intelligence is to be distinguished from knowledge. Some brains store more knowledge than others. If nothing is known about the brain, can anything be said about rational human intelligence?

To invite and spur statements and positions in relation to this question, the present writer refers to the recent publication of the first installment, 70 pages long, of his proposed complete description of rational human intelligence. Its title is “The Mathematical and Physical Theory of Rational Human Intelligence, Part I: Mathematical Foundations” (go to www.scirp.org/journal/apm, volume for 2013).

The proposed theory is built squarely on—and follows in the footsteps of—the writings of George Boole, the Father of the Digital Age, and John Venn. The theory is strictly mathematical, and more specifically digital–mathematical. The notation is entirely Boole’s.

There appear to be only four types of digitality in rational human intelligence: Selection Digitality, Nexus Digitality, Certification Digitality, and Supplement Digitality. The first two have been described for the most part in Boole’s works. The latter two have been proposed and treated by the present writer in past publications. All four will be described in greater detail.

The theory at hand describes the propagation of rational human intelligence in mathematical terms without reference to the physical-biological reality of rational human intelligence in the same way that Lagrange’s partial different equations and Maxwell’s equations describe motion of objects in space and waves in fields without making any statement about the physical reality of gravity or electromagnetism.

If others too make the attempt to propose theories that are comprehensive, we will at least be able compare notes.

Prof. Dr. Leo Depuydt
Guest Editor


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Last update: 7 May 2014

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