[starlogo-users] philosophical inquiry
ribowers at gmail.com
Mon May 21 07:58:21 EDT 2007
Some qualms about your comments, Danielle...
1. You seem to be assuming that a super-brain will be smarter than the
ones we know. I'm having troubles seeing what that might mean. (I
guess it will at least be politically smarter, and on this point it
gives me hope for the future...)
2. I strongly doubt your claim that "The human brain is ... the first
capable of Thinking..." There have been many forms of thinking brains
some more connected than ours (though loosely, through social
behaviour, like in your example, the ants). Are you denying that other
brains think? What do you think they're there for?
I appreciate your enthusiasm. I think its great too. Lets see what we
can make happen,
On 5/21/07, Danielle Parsons <wholesomepictures at earthlink.net> wrote:
> I'd like to put this post out to the Starlogo community for discussion:
> This moment in time is massively interesting, combining
> the structuralities of the planet's most powerful centralized intelligence
> with its most powerful decentralized intelligence.
> The human brain is exciting because it's the first capable of Thinking.
> Forming associations, being aware of more than meets the eye, being rational,
> making considered choices. Now imagine linking all of these thinking brains
> together in the way that ants are connected in a colony, in a system of distributed
> intelligence. The possibilities for intelligence are exponentially
> This linkage is already underway. We are building decentralized, emergent systems into our
> lives and participating in them on various levels: the world-wide-web, traffic flow, city sidewalks.
> They inform our technology, computer programs, and our economies,
> the stock market.
> There's no question that the results will be amazing - many will believe
> they are metaphysical. In reality, if we can understand how distributed
> systems work then we'll know that the magic of the age of aquarius is partly
> humanity expressing ant intelligence.
> Many people will simply participate. Those with the pleasure of being aware have a mandate to direct the expression of this intelligence explosion toward peace generosity and cooperation.
> Look to the Ant!
> Are any of you thinking about this convergence vis-a-vis human evolution?
> Thank you,
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