HOW SELECTION OF INTELLIGENCE DRIVES LIFE FORWARD
All life forms interact with, and experience, their environment. According to Intended Evolution, during this process organisms can save internal representations of useful information patterns for future use in decision making. Therefore all of life exhibits intelligence, and over time, any life form can learn to optimize their possible (limited of course) choices it makes and actions it takes, including intentionally making changes to the information carried in their own DNA, their behavior, structure, and physiology. This continuous process of change is happening not just at the level of an organism as a whole, but internally at other units of life as well: systems, organs, functional units, and cells. In other words not only is every cell is intelligent, but each subsequent groupings or functional units share intelligence and act as a unit as well. Furthermore there are internal communication patterns between hierarchies of internal life based on how each system, including the current organism as a whole, has evolved. In this way challenges and information from the exterior environment not only selects organisms (natural selection) during evolution, but is subjectively perceived by relevant units and can be saved to make changes at various levels over time, including being passed down to future generations.
We believe learning about changes in the environment and passing them down is simply part of the normal course of all of life, and making intelligent & intentional changes at local internal levels is a continuous process. In this way DNA represents a relevant recorded history about it's interactions with its environment for the present, and future generations. DNA was/is intelligently changed and organized over time as a form of operating menu for intentional interaction by the organism or internal unit with its perceived environment. When experience dictates that conditions will persist for long enough, an organism or internal unit may purposely adjust the use of its genome and other structures as well as signaling needed changes to be passed on as action potentials for future DNA sequence adjustment. Therefore, we could say that the entire process is based on an organisms projections (estimations) about its future needs, abilities, available resources, etc.
Many biologists have increasingly marveled at the intelligent activities of all life forms from single cells, to plants to the animal kingdom (see "links of interest). We believe life can be looked at as essentially information or pattern recognizers, processors, and recorders in order to benefit itself going forward. Furthermore, while information may be "stumbled on randomly" so to speak, the very definition of "information" implies pattern, or non-randomness. Life therefore integrates information to build and upgrade itself over time so as to "mirror its environment" in order to fit in as advantageouly as possible. This includes holding potential future changes, or "action potentials" which may be acted on later on, including future generations. As it pertains to DNA, therefore, we believe although "random" changes may occur, DNA is essentially a tool, not only used, but also updated by life for projected future needs, including over evolutionary time scales. This should really not be too suprising considering DNA is constantly being repaired, conserved, and used in highly organized physiological processes by the cell/organism an intelligent manner. Very recently it has been proven that cells can make changes to their own DNA on a regular basis (see CRISPR) and we believe science is just beginning to scratch the surface in this regard.
I am convinced that natural selection has been the main but not the exclusive means of
"When I first started talking about smart cells there were many many smiles, but I think we
have to recognize that the cells are very smart."
Barbara McClintock (in her Nobel Prize acceptance speech- see video section)
Every decision and action matters in the journey of life. The environment "shapes" evolution
through an organism's intentional interactions with it, not just "selects" winners (survivors).
The basic nature of any life form is the perception, processing, and saving representations of
information for the purpose of the optimization projections of potential future outcomes to enhance its own chances of success.
"In my opinion, the greatest error which I have committed, has not been allowing sufficient weight to the direct action of the environment, i.e. food, climate, etc., independly of natural selection."
Charles Darwin in 1876
We believe evolution is an active, two-sided process, through which life can intentionally change internally including over evolutionary timeframes. Therefore, life is "shaped" by the environment, not only passively selected by it. Many aspects of the differing life-forms we see today are related to life's intentional choices and actions during its evolutionary past in its interactions with its environment. Furthermore, it is lifes intentional willingness to cooperate that allows groups, colonies, and organisms to form, and therefore evolution to happen. For example, accoding to intended evolution, homeostasis is a series of cooperations, that have evolved over time.
An organism, including all its structures, systems, cell types, the physiological pathways, and DNA content, are reflections of purposely saved information (or "knowledge") from intentional interactions with the environment through its evolutionary history.
Chapter 7: Remodeling
The concept of self allows superposition of oneself into anothers position, allowing greater predicitve ability, and can therefore be viewed as a highly advantageous adaptive strategy.
It is possible that a new phase will begin- or has already begun- in which our internal intention and drive become the main components of modern human evolution.
Chapter 9: Human Intellegence
One typically doesnt think of our our internal physiological actions resulting in instincts and emotions as intentional, nor do some of them seem very useful based on todays environmental inputs. But from an evolutionary perspective, they evolved in a purposful manner based on repeated input that called for the same response by a given system, which, through repetition, learned to execute them very quickly and automatically.
Chapter 10: Human Evolution
Similar to what we see in the natural world, any infrastructure or system associated with human societies involves shared environmental demands that allow and require cooperation, resulting in specialization similar to what we see in biology.
Chapter 12: Technology