Beyond Ideas
The belief that we can engineer artificial superintelligence without a scientific definition of intelligence, may just be the ultimate definition of stupidity

- Mounir Shita
Research Scientist
About Science of Intelligence Lecture

Join us for a groundbreaking journey at “Cerebral Sips,” where Mounir Shita unveils the first comprehensive and universal theory of intelligence, with a special focus on the future of artificial superintelligence.

Whether you're a seasoned scientist or simply a curious mind with an interest in cutting edge scientific research and the future of technology, this lecture is designed to be accessible and engaging for everyone.

Dive into a journey that interweaves the vastness of the cosmos with the intricacies of quantum physics, all while centering on the pivotal role of artificial superintelligence. Shita will unravel the complex fabric of intelligence, laying the groundwork for systems that could transcend our current understanding and capabilities. This transformative theory bridges the gap between the cosmic scale of intelligence and the ground-breaking potential of artificial superintelligence to redefine our future on Earth and beyond.

Mounir Shita’s approachable style and clear explanations ensure that attendees of all backgrounds can grasp and appreciate the revolutionary concepts of artificial superintelligence.

This lecture series, based on his pioneering book, “Science of Intelligence – The Theory of General Intelligence Explained,” promises an immersive experience blending deep intellectual insight with the enjoyment of fine wine.

Who Should Attend

This lecture is perfect for anyone with a curiosity about science. No specific scientific background is required – just an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. Be part of an enlightening conversation that challenges and reevaluates our understanding of intelligence. This isn’t just a lecture; it's an invitation to explore how intelligence shapes our world and future.

Portland, OR
Date & Time:

Friday, February 23, 2024, at 6:30 PM



Bethany Public House (Banquet Room)

4840 NW Bethany Blvd, Portland, OR 97229

6:30 PM to 6:40 PM – Introduction by Windy Hazell

Tonight's host, Windy Hazell, opens the evening by setting the stage for an evening of thought-provoking exploration in the realms of intelligence and the future of AI.


6.40 PM – 7.45 PM – Science of Intelligence by Mounir Shita 

 Embark on a deep dive with Mounir Shita as he unfolds his comprehensive and universal theory of intelligence. Based on his pioneering book, “Science of Intelligence – The Theory of General Intelligence Explained,” this presentation will traverse the cosmic scale of intelligence and its implications for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

7.45 PM to 8.00 PM – Beyond AGI: The Engineering of Synthetic Consciousness by Elan Taylor

In his concise talk, Elan will explore Synthetic Conscious Intelligence (SCI), a concept where artificial intelligence intersects with consciousness akin to biological life. He will discuss how SCIs, unlike traditional AIs or AGIs, might possess consciousness, allowing them to interact with their environment and their own thought processes. The presentation will highlight the distinction between SCI and AGI, particularly focusing on how intelligence and design influence an SCI's conscious state. This insightful session aims to deepen our understanding of the potential for consciousness in synthetic forms.

8:00 PM to 8:45 PM – Panel Discussion

Engage with our panel of experts in a comprehensive discussion on the Theory of General Intelligence, including its strengths and potential consequences. This session aims to spark an interactive debate on how superintelligence could transform humanity, touching on societal impacts, privacy concerns, and ethical considerations. We'll incorporate audience questions to enrich the conversation, ensuring a broad exploration of how AI's evolution might reshape our world.

8:45pm - Social/Networking 

Conclude the evening with a social/networking hour, offering opportunity to connect with fellow attendees, continue discussion, and enjoy fine wine in a more relaxed and informal setting.

Host & Panel Lead

Windy Hazell, entrepreneur and CEO of People Growers of America, Inc. since 2000, is a trailblazer in event planning, public speaking, and education. Known for creating unique experiences for employees at  corporations such as Boeing and the Seattle Mariners, Windy organizes and hosts "Parties with a Purpose," elevating employee events to a whole new level.


With over 25 years of dedicated marketing expertise, Windy enjoys sharing her knowledge with emerging business owners by teaching marketing classes across the country. She is dedicated to helping businesses find growth and success through innovative marketing programs and standout events. Windy's mission is to motivate, educate, and include a sense of enjoyment in every endeavor.


In the face of the global challenges brought by Covid, Windy exhibited resilience by reinventing People Growers. Pioneering one of the first platforms for Virtual Wellness Fairs. This platform allows educators to virtually teach classes to large employee groups across the country. Adapting to this digital landscape expanded Windy's appreciation for technology, especially its transformative potential.


Now, as we witness the release of innovative technologies like AI and ChatGPT, Windy Hazell eagerly anticipates the unfolding possibilities and advancements that lie ahead. As a forward-thinking entrepreneur, her presence as the moderator at Cerebral Sips promises an insightful exploration of the intersection between technology, business, and the future.


Windy resides in Beaverton, OR with Steven Hazell, her husband and business partner along with their 2 yorkies.


Mounir Shita, a visionary in the field of Artificial Intelligence, has carved a distinctive niche in the realm of AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) research. With a career spanning over two decades, Mounir has been at the forefront of exploring and defining the frontiers of intelligent systems.


His journey into the world of AI began in the late 1990s, ignited by a fascination with the potential of technology to mimic and surpass human intelligence. His academic pursuits, though brief in traditional settings, were marked by a relentless quest for knowledge, leading him to delve deeper into the uncharted territories of AGI. This pursuit was not confined to academia; it continued as the driving force behind Kimera Systems, his former startup. Under his leadership, Kimera Systems emerged as a pioneering entity in AGI research until its unfortunate closure due to external pressures.


Mounir's unique approach to AGI is rooted in his development of a scientific theory of intelligence, a quest he embarked on after recognizing the lack of a solid theoretical foundation in AI research. His "Theory of General Intelligence," presented at the International Conference for Advanced Research in Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology, challenges conventional AI paradigms and proposes a comprehensive framework for understanding intelligence at a cosmic scale.


In his groundbreaking book "Science of Intelligence," Mounir Shita delves deep into the intricacies of his theory, arguing for the establishment of intelligence as a distinct field within physics. His perspective transcends traditional boundaries, suggesting that intelligence should be explored not only through the lenses of neuroscience, AI, and psychology but as a fundamental phenomenon of the universe.

Mounir's passion for AI extends beyond theoretical research. He is a champion for the practical application of AGI and ASI (Artificial Superintelligence), advocating for their development based on solid scientific principles. His efforts in this domain are not just about advancing technology; they are about reshaping our understanding of intelligence and its role in the future of humanity and beyond.


Mr. Elan Taylor is a distinguished figure in the field of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), with a rich background in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His significant contributions to AGI began during his influential tenure at Kimera Systems, where he served as Vice President of Architecture and Director of Intellectual Property. In this role, Mr. Taylor was instrumental in developing AGI intellectual property strategies, aligning closely with the company’s pioneering research in Artificial General Intelligence.

An accomplished author, Mr. Taylor has written extensively on robotics and AI, elucidating complex concepts and technologies in these fields. His books are renowned for providing deep insights into the evolving landscape of AI, making them valuable resources for both experts and enthusiasts alike.

Currently, Mr. Taylor is deeply engaged in research exploring the intersection of AI and consciousness. His work focuses on defining consciousness within the realm of AI, aiming to establish a clear language and framework for constructing Synthetic Conscious AIs (SCAI). This research is particularly relevant to discussions on the Theory of General Intelligence, as it delves into the core of what constitutes intelligence and consciousness in artificial systems.

Mr. Taylor’s unique combination of hands-on experience in AGI development, his authoritative voice in the AI literature, and his groundbreaking research on AI consciousness makes him a highly qualified and insightful contributor to any discussion on the Theory of General Intelligence.

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Seattle, WA Area

Upcoming Lecture Series Announcement

Join us for an enlightening lecture series set to unfold in the bustling cities of Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond. This educational event is slated for late March or early April, aiming to foster a vibrant community of learning and dialogue.

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The cost of attendance is set at $50, offering you access to a series of thought-provoking lectures designed to engage and inspire.

Ticket Sponsorship Opportunity for Students

We're delighted to extend a special offer to students interested in attending our series. Cerebral Sips is sponsoring a limited number of tickets for students who demonstrate a keen interest in our event’s themes.

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If you're a student eager to join us and would benefit from financial support, please reach out. Send an email to [email protected] with the following:
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We're excited to announce an enriching lecture series taking place across the illustrious cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, Menlo Park, and San Jose. This event is scheduled for late March or early April, designed to ignite conversations and deepen understanding within our vibrant community.

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The attendance fee for this series is $75 to $125, granting you access to a spectrum of compelling talks that promise to challenge, enlighten, and inspire attendees from all walks of life.

Student Ticket Sponsorship Opportunity

In our commitment to making this lecture series accessible to students, Cerebral Sips is pleased to offer sponsored tickets for a select number of students who exhibit a strong interest and a desire to be part of our event.

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