John C. Brice

Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




There are troubles encountered in approaching an understanding of what intelligence is in stipulative terms without attempting an empirical investigation of the phenomenon. Such processes will necessarily entail an investigation of the behavior of those entities which we agree exhibit such properties which are sufficiently indicative of an intelligent presence (intelligence being not something we anticipate sensing physically but rather a label which we apply to a system which exhibits a certain family of behavior patterns which we consider to be indicative of a rationally design approach to its world). We must be limited to observational statements in identifying those criteria which are indicative of intelligence. The term "intelligence" will thus refer to a style of behavior rather than something hidden away inside our heads.