Human spirit


Human spirit

for supernatural or beyond human sense of spirit see spirit or soul

Definition

The Human Spirit is a property of intelligence that drives it to adapt the environment to the organism. This drive is relatively unique to humans and is progressive in that the drive allows intelligence to grow. This observable phenomena can be measured, predicted, and applied to science.

Origin

Adaptation to our environment allowed life to evolve in extreme environments on Earth. Intelligence is an adaptive trait that originates from primitive functioning and has evolved beyond any other. Intelligence in humans seeks to defy biological evolutionary forces by instead adapting extreme environments to the organism.

Aspects

Sometimes an individual overcomes adversity through willpower. Through sheer volition to overcome obstacles, the individual may succeed and learn more about oneself. We admire heroes that show us what can be done that as not been done before. Human will stems from the observation of the human spirit in action.

When a group of individuals overcomes adversity by avoiding or surviving calamities through planning and preparation, it gains a deeper commitment to avoiding future calamities. We admire leaders that pull us through hard times. Civilization develops when groups of individuals observe the human spirit in action.

As a society, human organization serves to create complex obstacles. Great social catastrophes occur that occasionally stagnate or destroy civilizations. We admire social and political constructs that allows technology and quality of life to improve. Through development of social sciences, we collectively observe the human spirit in action.

Results

Positive results of these endeavors lead to progress. Whether the human spirit is observed individually or collectively, the reward for these adventures yields a deeper understanding of the natural world and better ways to adapt it to our needs. Thus the sum knowledge of mankind aggregates exponentially. Unfortunately, human intelligence often fails to anticipate contingencies. Individuals, groups, and even societies sometimes choose to ignore intelligent solutions in the face of future threats because they suggest unknown risk. Solutions to individual, group, or social problems may or may not seem rational. By maintaining the Status quo, it is unlikely that future threats will be discovered until the dangers are grave.

The human spirit drives us to choose risk based on probable rewards. Scientists and philosophers have developed methodologies and protocols for discovery so that it can be followed by posterity. In some cases irrational engagements prove successful. If they are repeatable, they push back the boundaries of our knowledge. The Human Spirit must include both commitment to methodology and calculated risk in pursuit of greater understanding.

Conclusion

Human intelligence has proven the success of its progressive nature. When we recognize the human body as an environment in which intelligence is expressed, even the human body is subject to improvement. If intelligence can exist outside the human form, the drive to overcome that obstacle may eventually prevail in Artificial Intelligence. Without the drive of the human spirit to test our abilities to adapt to new environments, we risk suffering the fate of species that do not have intelligence... extinction.

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