Global Brain

The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century
Author: Howard Bloom
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471419198
Category: Science
Page: 384
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"As someone who has spent forty years in psychology with a long-standing interest in evolution, I'll just assimilate Howard Bloom's accomplishment and my amazement."-DAVID SMILLIE, Visiting Professor of Zoology, Duke University In this extraordinary follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Lucifer Principle, Howard Bloom-one of today's preeminent thinkers-offers us a bold rewrite of the evolutionary saga. He shows how plants and animals (including humans) have evolved together as components of a worldwide learning machine. He describes the network of life on Earth as one that is, in fact, a "complex adaptive system," a global brain in which each of us plays a sometimes conscious, sometimes unknowing role. and he reveals that the World Wide Web is just the latest step in the development of this brain. These are theories as important as they are radical. Informed by twenty years of interdisciplinary research, Bloom takes us on a spellbinding journey back to the big bang to let us see how its fires forged primordial sociality. As he brings us back via surprising routes, we see how our earliest bacterial ancestors built multitrillion-member research and development teams a full 3.5 billion years ago. We watch him unravel the previously unrecognized strands of interconnectedness woven by crowds of trilobites, hunting packs of dinosaurs, feathered flying lizards gathered in flocks, troops of baboons making communal decisions, and adventurous tribes of protohumans spreading across continents but still linked by primitive forms of information networking. We soon find ourselves reconsidering our place in the world. Along the way, Bloom offers us exhilarating insights into the strange tricks of body and mind that have organized a variety of life forms: spiny lobsters, which, during the Paleozoic age, participated in communal marching rituals; and bees, which, during the age of dinosaurs, conducted collective brainwork. This fascinating tour continues on to the sometimes brutal subculture wars that have spurred the growth of human civilization since the Stone Age. Bloom shows us how culture shapes our infant brains, immersing us in a matrix of truth and mass delusion that we think of as reality. Global Brain is more than just a brilliantly original contribution to the ongoing debate on the inner workings of evolution. It is a "grand vision," says the eminent evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, a work that transforms our very view of who we are and why.

The Global Brain Awakens

Our Next Evolutionary Leap
Author: Peter Russell
Publisher: Element Books Limited
ISBN: 9781862047136
Category: Philosophy
Page: 196
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At this unprecedented moment in history, when escalating crises threaten all life on earth, internationally renowned physicist and futurist Peter Russell weaves together the physical and social sciences, modern technology, and ancient mysticism to demonstrate that the possibility of global illumination is now as real -- and as imminent -- as the threat of mass annihilation. In this updated edition of The Global Brain, Russell details an extraordinary new vision of humanity's potential as a fully conscious superorganism in an awakening universe. Presenting evidence that the earth itself is a living being and every person upon it a cell in the planetary nervous system, Russell describes how breakthroughs in telecommunications and computer networks are rapidly linking the human species into an embryonic global brain. At the same time, the human potential movement is growing faster than any other segment of society and influencing every aspect of the culture -- including business, politics, and medicine. Russell shows how the convergence of these powerful trends is creating the required conditions for an evolutionary shift in consciousness from egocentrism to geo-centrism. First published in 1983 as The Global Brain and translated into ten languages, Russell's seminal work won acclaim from forward thinkers all over the world. Regarded by many as years ahead of its time, its original predictions about the impact of computer networks and changing social values were quickly fulfilled.

The Global Brain

Your Roadmap for Innovating Faster and Smarter in a Networked World
Author: Satish Nambisan,Mohanbir Sawhney
Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0137064861
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 276
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All the talk about "open innovation" and externally-focused innovation assumes that "one size fits all" in terms of what network-centric innovation is and how companies should harness external creativity. But the reality is that there is no one right way to master this tool. For instance, loosely governed community-based innovation projects are a very different animal from tightly-orchestrated development projects driven by a large firm. As the landscape of network-centric innovation becomes more diverse and more confusing, there is a desperate need to structure the landscape to better understand different models for network-centric innovation. This book brings clarity to the confusion. Further, it argues that managers cannot rely on anecdotal success stories they read about in the press to implement a network-centric innovation strategy. They need rigorous and analytical advice on what role their company should play in an innovation network, what capabilities they need to create, and how they need to prepare their organization for this significant shift in the innovation approach. This book offers a practical and detailed roadmap for planning and implementing an externally-focused innovation strategy.

Quantum Shift in the Global Brain

How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World
Author: Ervin Laszlo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1594779899
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 192
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The shift from scientific materialism to a multidimensional worldview in harmony with the world’s great spiritual traditions • Articulates humanity’s critical choice--to be the last decade of an outgoing, obsolete world, or the first of a new and viable one • Presents a new “reality map” to guide us through the environmental, scientific, and geopolitical upheavals we are experiencing Our world is in a Macroshift. The reality we are experiencing today is a substantially new reality--climate change, global corporations, industrialized agriculture--challenging us to change with our rapidly changing world, lest we perish. In this book, Ervin Laszlo presents a new “reality map” to guide us through the world shifts we are experiencing--the problems, opportunities, and challenges we face individually as well as collectively--in order to help us understand what we must do during this time of great transition. Science’s cutting edge now views reality as broader, as multiple universes arising in a possibly infinite meta-universe, as well as deeper, extending into dimensions at the subatomic level. Laszlo shows that aspects of human experience that had previously been consigned to the domain of intuition and speculation are now being explored with scientific rigor and urgency. There has been a shift in the materialistic scientific view of reality toward the multidimensional worldview of multiple interconnected realities long known by the world’s great spiritual traditions. By understanding the interconnectedness of our changing world as well as our changing “map” of the world, we can navigate with insight, wisdom, and confidence.


The Interface Between Neurons and Global Brain Function
Author: Sten Grillner,Ann M. Graybiel
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262072785
Category: Medical
Page: 455
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Leading neuroscientists discuss the function of microcircuits, functional modules that act as elementary processing units bridging single cells to systems and behavior. Microcircuits, functional modules that act as elementary processing units bridging single cells to systems and behavior, could provide the link between neurons and global brain function. Microcircuits are designed to serve particular functions; examples of these functional modules include the cortical columns in sensory cortici, glomeruli in the olfactory systems of insects and vertebrates, and networks generating different aspects of motor behavior. In this Dahlem Workshop volume, leading neuroscientists discuss how microcircuits work to bridge the single cell and systems levels and compare the intrinsic function of microcircuits with their ion channel subtypes, connectivity, and receptors, in order to understand the design principles and function of the microcircuits. The chapters cover the four major areas of microcircuit research: motor systems, including locomotion, respiration, and the saccadic eye movements; the striatum, the largest input station of the basal ganglia; olfactory systems and the neural organization of the glomeruli; and the neocortex. Each chapter is followed by a group report, a collaborative discussion among senior scientists. Contributors Lidia Alonso-Nanclares, Hagai Bergman, Maria Blatow, J. Paul Bolam, Ansgar Büschges, Antonio Caputi, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Javier DeFelipe, Carsten Duch, Paul Feinstein, Stuart Firestein, Yves Frégnac, Rainer W. Friedrich, C. Giovanni Galizia, Ann M. Graybiel, Charles A. Greer, Sten Grillner, Tadashi Isa, Ole Kiehn, Minoru Kimura, Anders Lanser, Gilles Laurent, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Wolfgang Maass, Henry Markram, David A. McCormick, Christoph M. Michel, Peter Mombaerts, Hannah Monyer, Hans-Joachim Pflüger, Dietmar Plenz, Diethelm W. Richter, Silke Sachse, H. Sebastian Seung, Keith T. Sillar, Jeffrey C. Smith, David L. Sparks, D. James Surmeier, Eörs Szathmáry, James M. Tepper, Jeff R. Wickens, Rafael Yuste

The Awakening Earth

The Global Brain
Author: Peter Russell
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780744800128
Category: Evolution
Page: 228
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"Quantum Shift in the Global Brain" by Ervin Laszlo. An Advanced Book Analysis

Author: Jean Cédric Obame Emane
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3668783659
Category: Political Science
Page: 19
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Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: Peace and Conflict Studies, Security, grade: A, Atlantic International University, course: SEMINAR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT I, language: English, abstract: What is a quantum shift in the global brain? According to Laszlo, the global brain is the quasi-neural energy- and information- processing network created by six and a half billion humans on the planet, interacting in many ways, private as well as public, and on many levels, local as well as global. He goes on to say that a quantum shift in the global brain is a sudden and fundamental transformation in the relations of a significant segment of the six and a half billion humans to each other and to nature— a macroshift in society. The two shifts together make for a veritable “reality revolution” in society as well as in science. In his book, Laszlo tells us that we are at a pivotal point in evolution, where our generation is in the position to determine the fate of humankind. Nevertheless, we can no longer continue on as we have done until now.


Author: Dr Hildegarde Staninger (R) Riet-1
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781498492003
Category: Science
Page: 132
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It has been predicted by Computer Scientist that within the next twenty years neural interfaces will be designed that will not only increase the power of the humans senses that includes the enhancement of memory and enable one to have a "cyberlink" - invisible (wireless) communication with others.There will be a tremendous ethical burden placed upon all of humanity to evaluate the comprehensive issues of safety, informed consent, manufacturer's and scientific comunities global responsibility as well as the future for the implanted being. A time for the reflection of what is the term "Doing No Harm" really mean to mankind as issues of privacy and autonomy become a focal point of life as well as carcinogenic agents entering the brain.Global Brain Chip and Mesogens by Dr. Hildegarde Staninger(r), RIET-1 documents the scientific investigation process of chemical analysis and advanced materials compositions in determining the chemical finger print of a Brain Chip. A first of its kind as it will become the pioneering text on this subject matter. Dr. Hildegarde Staninger is an Industrial Toxicologist/IH and Doctor of Integrative Medicine. She has authored other books and articles in the applied sciences and engineering, occupational health and safety, and environment as well as the creative arts and educational study guides for occupational certification programs."

Brain, Mind and Internet

A Deep History and Future
Author: D. Staley
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137460954
Category: Psychology
Page: 101
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This essay places the emerging brain-Internet interface within a broad historical context: that the Internet represents merely the next stage in a very long history of human cognition whereby the brain couples with symbolic technologies. Understanding this 'deep history' provides a way to imagine the future of brain-Internet cognition.

Principles of Brain Dynamics

Global State Interactions
Author: Mikhail I. Rabinovich,Karl J. Friston,Pablo Varona
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262304651
Category: Medical
Page: 360
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The consideration of time or dynamics is fundamental for all aspects of mental activity -- perception, cognition, and emotion -- because the main feature of brain activity is the continuous change of the underlying brain states even in a constant environment. The application of nonlinear dynamics to the study of brain activity began to flourish in the 1990s when combined with empirical observations from modern morphological and physiological observations. This book offers perspectives on brain dynamics that draw on the latest advances in research in the field. It includes contributions from both theoreticians and experimentalists, offering an eclectic treatment of fundamental issues. Topics addressed range from experimental and computational approaches to transient brain dynamics to the free-energy principle as a global brain theory. The book concludes with a short but rigorous guide to modern nonlinear dynamics and their application to neural dynamics.

Creating Internet Intelligence

Wild Computing, Distributed Digital Consciousness, and the Emerging Global Brain
Author: Ben Goertzel
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461505615
Category: Computers
Page: 330
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Creating Internet Intelligence is an interdisciplinary treatise exploring the hypothesis that global computer and communication networks will one day evolve into an autonomous intelligent system, and making specific recommendations as to what engineers and scientists can do today to encourage and shape this evolution. A general theory of intelligent systems is described, based on the author's previous work; and in this context, the specific notion of Internet intelligence is fleshed out, in its commercial, social, psychological, computer-science, philosophical, and theological aspects. Software engineering work carried out by the author and his team over the last few years, aimed at seeding the emergence of Internet intelligence, is reviewed in some detail, including the Webmind AI Engine, a uniquely powerful Internet-based digital intelligence, and the Webworld platform for peer-to-peer distributed cognition and artificial life. The book should be of interest to computer scientists, philosophers, and social scientists, and more generally to anyone concerned about the nature of the mind, or the evolution of computer and Internet technology and its effect on human life.

International Priests in America

Challenges and Opportunities
Author: Dean R. Hoge,Aniedi Okure
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814618301
Category: Religion
Page: 174
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International Priests in America

Clinical Veterinary Advisor - E-Book

Dogs and Cats
Author: Etienne Cote
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0323068766
Category: Medical
Page: 1784
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No other quick reference comes close in covering the diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of diseases in dogs and cats. Etienne Cote's Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 2nd Edition is like six books in one -- with concise topics within sections on diseases and disorders, procedures and techniques, differential diagnosis, laboratory tests, clinical algorithms, and a drug formulary. Revised from cover to cover, this edition includes dozens of new topics. It also includes free access to a fully searchable companion website featuring an electronic version of the text, all of the book's images, a searchable drug formulary, and 150 Client Education Sheets in both English and Spanish. Section I: Diseases and Disorders provides at-a-glance coverage of nearly 800 common medical problems, arranged alphabetically for immediate access. Entries include a definition, synonyms, epidemiology, clinical presentation, etiology and pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, workup, treatment, prognosis and outcome, plus pearls and considerations. Concise descriptions simplify diagnosis and treatment. Section II: Procedures and Techniques offers illustrated, step-by-step instructions for understanding and performing 111 important clinical procedures. Section III: Differential Diagnosis displays nearly every possible cause for 260 different clinical disorders. Section IV: Laboratory Tests summarizes essential information needed for interpreting more than 150 lab tests. Section V: Clinical Algorithms provides decision trees for the diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making processes involved in managing 91 of the most common clinical conditions/disorders. Section VI: Drug Formulary is a compilation of dosages and other relevant information for more than 300 new and current medications. 410 illustrations and photographs depict disease processes and related concepts. A companion website includes the complete text of the book in a fully searchable format, allowing quick access to information, and all of the book's images. It also includes 150 Client Education Sheets, each available in both English and Spanish. Clinical guidance added to diseases and disorders chapters helps you select appropriate tests and treatments for each case. 50 new client "how-to" handouts are added for a total of 150 client education sheets, helping to improve outcomes by informing clients. Technician Tips are inserted throughout nearly 800 diseases and disorders, providing specialized information for veterinary technicians. Enhanced electronic image collection on the companion website includes color images and additional figures not found in the text.

The Network Challenge (Chapter 9)

Network-Centric Innovation: Four Strategies for Tapping the Global Brain
Author: Satish Nambisan,Mohanbir Sawhney
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0137015380
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 22
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Most companies realize the need to “look outside” for innovation. However, few have a clear understanding about how they can make such a shift toward network-centric innovation--an innovation strategy that is centered on external networks and communities. Managers need more than anecdotal success stories about externally focused innovation, and they need more specific guidance than the “one size fits all” prescriptions of open innovation. The authors argue that every firm needs to find its own roadmap for tapping the “Global Brain”--the creative potential of the world outside its four walls. There are many different approaches and opportunities for network-centric innovation, based on the nature of the innovation space and the nature of network governance. In this chapter, the authors present a framework for structuring the landscape of network-centric innovation. They describe four models of network-centric innovation--Orchestra, Creative Bazaar, Jam Central, and MOD Station--and outline how companies can select, prepare for, and pursue the approach that best fits their particular business and innovation context.

Superorganismus: It's the end of graphic design as we know it

Author: Jan-Philipp Alker
Publisher: Bachelor + Master Publication
ISBN: 395684405X
Category: Social Science
Page: 70
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Schon lange erforschen Wissenschaftler die Komplexitat der Ameisen und deren Problembewaltigung anhand von Computersimulationen. Bei der Suche nach Baumaterial bzw. Futter lassen Forscher die Ameisen Hindernisse uberwinden und Hohenunterschiede bezwingen. Ein weiteres Experiment ergibt, dass die Ameisen sogar im Wasser uberleben konnen. Wirft man die sechs Millimeter kleinen Tiere in das Wasser, konnen diese dank der Kraft des Kollektivs" uberleben. Schnell verhaken und verbeissen sich die Tiere im Wasser ineinander. All die beschriebenen Strukturen und architektonischen komplizierten Verbindungen finden sich schon langst nicht mehr nur in einem Ameisenhaufen im Nachbargarten. Ganz im Gegenteil, es stellt sich die Frage ob wir nicht tagtaglich mit solchen Strukturen konfrontiert werden bzw. ob nicht auch die Menschheit gar in einem Superorganismus lebt. Deborah Gordon bezeichnet, wie oben bereits ausgefuhrt, die einzelne Ameise als dumm." Der Ameisenstaat an sich, charakterisiert sie jedoch insgesamt als ausserst intelligent." Ameisenstaaten sind ein perfekt organisierter Superorganismus. Diese Arbeit hat sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, zu untersuchen, ob sich der Mensch mehr und mehr dem Verhalten einer Ameise annahert. Ausgehend von der Diskussion um das Verhalten von Ameisen soll nun im vorliegenden Buch das Verhalten von Menschen untersucht werden. Agieren Menschen in den Neuen Medien heute in der Form eines Superorganismus? Zunachst werden im Allgemeinen die Begriffe Superorganismus und Kollektive Intelligenz zu erlauterten versucht. Anhand von Protestbewegungen in der Gesellschaft werden zudem die Entwicklungen innerhalb des sozialen Systems zur Kollektiven Intelligenz erarbeitet. Die Entwicklungslinien von Hedonismus und Individualitat hin zur Ruckbesinnung auf das gesellschaftliche Wir" verdeutlichen dabei den Paradigmenwechsel von der Geniekunst eines Einzelnen hin zu einer gemeinschaftlichen, kollektiven Intelligenz. Ein besonderes Augenmerk wird in der vorlie"