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Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace Hardcover – March 19, 2008
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By page 133 of 514 I am reminded of the words of Frederic Bastiat:"There are too many "great" men in the world--legislators, organizers, do-gooders, leaders of one people, fathers of nations, and so on, and so on. Too many persons place themselves above mankind; they make a career of organizing it, patronizing it, and ruling it." Group intelligence is not a thing that can be created by forms, procedures, methods, plans, agendas, restrictions and penalties, organizations, structures, habits of success, get the picture? In fact, if the reader is looking for examples of failures at collective intelligence, read this book. The only person coming close is Jim Rough where he describes the "Circular Organization" form. But the very inclusion of the idea of organization militates against equal value and contribution of the several members in the circle.
At the heart of the thinking in this anthology is the notion that peace among men can be realized by continuing to do what men in all ages have been attempting. In other words, their very acts of trying to control Fate is precisely what is creating social problems.Read more ›