Intelligence and Spirit

➮ [Ebook] ➩ Intelligence and Spirit By Reza Negarestani ➺ – The history of philosophy conceived as the elaboration of a program for artificial general intelligence; intelligence understood as the impersonal and collective evolution of a thought that constructs The history of philosophy conceived as the elaboration of a program for artificial general intelligence; intelligence understood as the impersonal and collective evolution of a thought that constructs itself according to a view from nowhere and nowhenIn Intelligence and Spirit Reza Intelligence and PDF/EPUB ² Negarestani formulates the ultimate form of intelligence as a theoretical and practical thought unfettered by the temporal order of things a real movement capable of overcoming any state of affairs that from the perspective of the present may appear to be the complete totality of its historyBuilding on Hegel’s account of geist as a multi agent conception of mind and Kant’s transcendental psychology as a functional analysis of the conditions of possibility of having mind Negarestani provides a critiue of both classical humanism and dominant trends in posthumanismThis remarkable fusion of continental philosophy in the form of a renewal of the speculative ambitions of German Idealism and analytic philosophy in the form of extended thought experiments and a philosophy of artificial languages opens up new perspectives on the meaning of human intelligence and explores the real potential of posthuman intelligence and what it means for us to live in its prehistory.Intelligence and Spirit

Reza Negarestani is an Iranian philosopher and writer known for pioneering the genre of 'theory fiction' with his book Cyclonopedia which was published in it was listed in Artforum as one of the best books of Negarestani has been Intelligence and PDF/EPUB ² a regular contributor to Collapse journal as well as other print and web publications such as Ctheory On March faculty from Brooklyn College.

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  • Paperback
  • 592 pages
  • Intelligence and Spirit
  • Reza Negarestani
  • 12 March 2014
  • 9780997567403

10 thoughts on “Intelligence and Spirit

  1. says:

    This work is really only about AGI on the surface Dissimulatively one might say Perhaps not on the surface for it goes to the depths of the work and its thought and arguments But Intelligence and Spirit is not about AGI It is about the two entwined concepts that turn about the copula and compose the title AGI is but a means of delving into and explicating the uestion of intelligence and what it is it is an extended thought experiment For what is really of concern is the relation between intelligence and the intelligible how intelligence develops and transforms based upon language auisition and socially normative inferences AGI and its production are but the means of explicating via a toy philosophy which plays with concepts and thoughts so as to produce better models what intelligence is for us It is only in rendering explicitly thematic what intelligence is that we can overcome the limits of the human for intelligence is not a property or possession of humanity it is an inhuman force and production and in a move of auto obsolescence to produce what will supercede us This movement of self overcoming through self effacing intelligence production is the defining factor of intelligence as geistig force it is impersonal and moves through us towards the beyond This is the Good and it is philosophy's place to render explicit what intelligence is and develop means to expand its domain to write ourselves out of the program As Plato supposedly put it philosophy is learning to die well From Hegel to Sellars Carnap to Kant the way that wemds through this work is at once extensive and intense I especially found interesting the excursus on time around the middle point of the book Reza as always though in a drastically different form than in his early work perverts or distorts the thought of those he comes into contact with exposing the inhuman potencies which lie dormant in them He turns thought roward itself in exposing its origins in an engagement with the world fictively composing and re inscribing itself as it comes to understand and re compose its world and its existence Langauge in its neutral and anonymous workings bound up with thought shape not only our mode of being but our becoming as well our becoming other; the alteration of intelligence which demands the sacrifice of the human in order to welcome the emergence of intelligence's next incarnation whatever it may be The human is a prehistory for the futural becoming of intelligence A humbling book perpetually drawn forth by the force of death which though often absent remains latently at work underwriting the work of thought and language To make the unconscious abyss of our grounding conscious and intelligible this could be viewed as Reza's goal linking his early work with this book A movement then which would involve the death of what we are in order to produce the unlife of the inhuman to allow for further possibilities of instantiating the impossible potencies of infection and decay the double movement of negation and construction which move between and compose the existence of intelligence and the intelligible

  2. says:

    Some reviewers have already mentioned that it would be interesting to compare the Negarestani of Cyclonopedia with the Negarestani of Intelligence and Spirit While I think this might be a fruitful way of understanding where the author is coming from I’m afraid it won’t provide us with that much helpful information as how we should read Intelligence and Spirit Obviously Negarestani has an exceptional intellectual talent The flaws of Cyclonopedia as he has mentioned in his interviews are mostly due to the fact that English is not his first language and he wrote that novel almost fifteen years ago Since then Negarestani has proved himself to be skillful at mastering a language He can write an experimental text with the same ease as he can write a lucid philosophical text But this review is not about Negarestani it is about a work of philosophyWhat is the meaning of the human not as a species but as a historical idea? The book begins with a problem so simple and yet so unexplored How can we talk about ourselves in the face of an impending artificial general intelligence AGI and how can we talk about AGI as in contrast to the human as a historical idea? The answer is simple but its ramifications are uite tangled and intricate Negarestani's basic argument briefly goes as follows a the human is a historical idea receptive to change and repair It does not signify an essence or a species being like homo sapience even though every idea is constrained by historical understandings of nature such as physics biology genetics and neuroscience which are themselves prone to revision b we tend to confound the present moment with the entirety of our history We mistake the current manifestation of the idea of the human with the idea of the human as such c This mistake which originates from our lack of historical self conscious leads us to see the future potentialities of the idea of human which can be instantiated by an AGI as threats or disconnections to our history d But all such fabulations share one common denominator they see the human as fixed and therefore the thought of an artificial general intelligence comes off as either a threat to the fixity of the human or completely disconnected with it e Once we reclaim the human as a historical idea which can be revised then there is no need to see AGI as either a threat or a messiah Our attitudes towards AI are informed by the historical attitudes we have with regard to the idea of the human itself If we take the idea of the human as a historical idea the totality of which is not given then AI or AGI won’t signify threats dangers or a benign singularity god AIAGI become the prostheses of a historical idea which is the human These are the premises upon which Intelligence and Spirit is built But like all great books Intelligence and Spirit is not limited to answering these uestion or fleshing out the conseuences of such premises It does much If you want to read this book then you should read it in the spirit of Jean Jacues Rousseau’s Emile or On Education Kant’s take on Rousseau and the German Idealist notion of Bildung But this time through the lens of American pragmatism computer science neuroscience and formal learning

  3. says:

    This book was recommended to me by a friend who is a philosopher and computer scientist At first I was pessimistic Both the description and the blurbs were off putting But now having read a good portion of this book I’m convinced this is stepping stone for building a future philosophy A masterwork of synthetic philosophy that does not shy away from launching devastating polemics against posthumanism eg David Roden new materialism singularitarianism eg Bostrom and Nick Land and old humanism while retaining the possibility and the mandate of constructing artificial general intelligence as the apex of self conception and self transformation I suspect Negarestani’s work won’t garner any significant attention from the philosophical and AI communities anytime soon Nevertheless it is bound to change the scene in the years to come

  4. says:

    First of all anyone expecting this beast to be a seuel to Cyclonopedia will be totally disappointed This is a purely philosophical work systematically fusing analytical and continental philosophy theoretical computer science and complexity theory ethics of artificial intelligence AGI and ethics of human self discovery Geist Extremely detailed and at times technical the sheer scope of this book is almost breathtaking and intimidating I will write a engaged review after rereading some of the technical chapters on Boltzmann and formal induction

  5. says:

    What an achievement This is a book that holds nothing back when it comes to the defense of philosophy as the science of the human We have not even touched the surface of what it means to be a human

  6. says:

    Noped out at the end of the 85 page intro This guy isn't terrible but he ain't interesting either

  7. says:

    Full review soon But in the meantime this is one of the best if not the best philosophical work of the decade It will redefine the nature of philosophizing Clear arguments albeit technical and difficult conseuential detailed critical and above all visionary

  8. says:

    Dense but lucid If you manage to finish the first chapter then you are for a ride Negarestani does a great job at disenchanting the ideas of the human and AI He shows clearly that such concepts can only be talked about as fruits of a long historical labor Very ambitious and thorough

  9. says:

    It was boring and repetitive Sorry guys

  10. says:

    Sprawling and brilliant hard to encapsulate if you want a balanced diet of philosophy of mind science and speculative philosophy that collapses the analyticcontinental distinction and draws out a certain strand of the history of thought weaving through Plato Hegel Sellars and Brandom among others you're going to have a good time

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