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THE FUTURE OF INTELLIGENCE

SCRIPTURE

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; Proverbs 2:6


QUOTE

"I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing." — Socrates


SCIENCE

The fundamental unit of biological intelligence is a single cell, be it a single-celled amoeba or a human with 100 trillion cells. The 3-pound human brain sitting between our ears is perhaps the most intricate biological organ in the universe. With over 100 billion neurons connected by 100 trillion synapses and complex neural networks, every circuit precisely communicates on the information highway. A single biological neuron requires between 5 and 8 layers of interconnected neurons to carry out the remarkable information-sharing operation. Out of those outstanding neural circuits emerged the remarkable ideas of relativity, human cloning, immortality, and salvation. How far are we from decoding the secret of immortality and capturing the fountain of youth?

Is intelligence heritable? Do genes influence an individual's intelligence quotient (IQ)? Studies done in Sweden on 360,000 sibling pairs and 9000 twin pairs from 3 million 18-year-old males over a period of 42 years showed that high intelligence is familial, heritable, and genetic and environmental factors are responsible for the normal distribution of intelligence. Though intelligence has substantial heritability (0.54), the degree of genetic influence is still not precise. Recent studies (A 2017 Genome-wide association meta-analysis on 78308 people ) have identified new gene loci and new genes influencing human intelligence.


LET US PONDER

With the advent of gene editing technology (CRISPR), the possibility of making designer babies may soon become a reality, and the likelihood of designing babies with extremely high intelligence (IQ > 150) is greater. With the collective effort of those individuals, if man uncovers the secret of immortality and inhabits other planets, what happens? Could God be relegated to some obsolete entity or still God’s word "Though you build high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down declares the LORD (Obadiah 1:4)” will remain true?

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