After denying it for a year or so, I adopted Danko Nikolic‘s model, practoipoesis, in particular his anapoiesis processes, as the best model for intelligence as it can cover human, animal and AI, as well as crystallized intelligence in books and videos and such.
Short version, which won’t do it justice: intelligence happens at different rates of speed. Adaptation speed. Evolution works at a very slow rate of speed, moment-to-moment decision-making happens at a very fast rate of speed. They’re all tied together and assist each other.
It can be loosely classified as a cybernetics (systems) model. Basically, when you are making decisions – any decision – your entirety is bearing down upon that decision and is in use.
So, does evolution have something to say about your decision? It does. But there’s also your past experiences which work more quickly than evolution and they bear down upon your current decision. But there’s also the situation you’re in right now – the moment to moment contextual situation — and that is the most agile and flexible for making decisions.
But they all play a part and influence each other.