Daniel Dennett’s model of consciousness in his landmark book “Consciousness Explained” deconstructs the ‘I’ experience down to ‘homunculi’ competing in the brain, each one a bit more stupid than the next until you get a ‘neuron’.
The following list of "Frequently Asked Questions" is largely inspired by the discussions on the global brain mailing list, although not all participants may agree with all the answers I have written down. Although I have tried to as accurately as possible render the ideas of other global brain researchers, this FAQ is obviously biased by my own understanding of the issue. I wish to thank V. Turchin, C. Joslyn and J. Glenn for the material they contributed, and I invite others to make further corrections or additions.
If society is viewed as a super-organism, communication networks play the role of its brain. This metaphor is developed into a model for the design of a more intelligent global network. The World-Wide Web, through its distributed hypermedia architecture, functions as an "associative memory", which may "learn" by the strengthening of frequently used links. Software agents, exploring the Web through spreading activation, function as problem-solving "thoughts". Users are integrated into this "super-brain" through direct man-machine interfaces and the reciprocal exchange of knowledge between individual and Web.
The Deliberatorium is a technology designed to help large numbers of people, distributed in space and time, combine their insights to find well-founded solutions for such complex multi-stakeholder multi-disciplinary ("wicked") problems as sustainability, climate change policy, complex product design, and so on.
See this video for a quick tour of the concepts underlying the Deliberatorium, and see this paper for a review of the project's contributions to date.
Follow this link to access the system itself, which allows many authors to collaboratively create deliberation maps.
A read-only map viewer, which can be embedded in any web site, is also available:
This video contains one of the most heard portions of any of Terence’s lectures. The piece is called, Culture is Your Operating System. This video, at nearly half a million Youtube views is quite popular.
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