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Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace Hardcover – March 19, 2008
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The contributors to this volume include Steve Arnold, Tom Atlee, Yochai Benkler, Howard Bloom, Juanita Brown, James Duncan, Doug Engelbart, Jock Gill, Jerome Glenn, Nancy Gloch-Gruenich, Theodore Gordon, Craig Hamilton, Francis Heylighen, Simon Hill, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Keith Hopper, David Isaacs, Mister Jalopy, Norman Johnson, Peter+Trudy Johnson-Lenz, John Kesler, Lion Kimbro, Mark Klein, Bruce LaDuke, Jaron Lanier, Michael Lenczner, Pierre Levy, Jazon Liskiewiez, Derek Lomas, Thomas Malone, Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, the National Capital Institute (Pawl Hawkin, Peggy Duvette, and many others), Jean-Francois Noubel, George Por, Jon Ramer, Mitch Ratcliff, Howard Rheingold, Marko Rodriguez, Sara Nora Ross, G. Parker Rossman, Jim Rough, Karl Schroeder, Douglas Schuler, Carole and David Schwinn, Nova Spivak, Marc Stamos, Robert Steele, Alex Steffen, Philip Torrone, Mark Tovey, Jennifer Watkins, David Weinberger, and Claire Zammit. The following organizations, among others, are represented in this volume: ARINA, Arnold IT, Inc.; Bootstrap.org; BuzzLogic; Canada Research Chair in Collective Intelligence, FRSC; Carleton University, Institute of Cognitive Science; Center for Wise Democracy; Co-Intelligence Institute; Collective-Intellignece.US; Discover Magazine; Earth Intelligence Network; Evergreen State College, Public Sphere Project; Free University of Brussels; Future of Learning Pioneers; Harvard Law School, Berkman Center for the Internet and Society; HIGHEREdge.org; HyperAdvance.com; IngeniusOnline; Johnson-Lenz.com; KeithHopper.com; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Maker s Bill of Rights; Marketingisland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Collective Intelligence; McLaughlin-Rotman Center for Global Health; Montreal Community Wi-Fi; Natural Capital Institute; Nexus for Change, The Change Handbook; OSS.Net, Inc.; Penfield Gill, Inc.; RadarNetworks; Reconfigure.org; Referentia Systems; Tetriad; The Interra Project; The Transitioner; United Nations Millenium Project; Universiteit van Amsterdam; University of California at Berkeley; University of California at San Diego, Social Movement Laboratory; Web 3.0; Whole Earth Review; World CafÃ© Community; World Index of Environmental and Social Responsibility; Worldchanging.com.
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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. These people aren't the solvers, they are the producers of problems. Ronald Reagan acknowledged this in one of his rare, lucid moments: Government IS the problem.
While man can come together in spontaneous co-operation and produce an improvement of the human condition, the very idea of COLLECTIVE intelligence, the structured assemblage of numerous individual intelligences, is a non-sequitur and oxymoron. Peace and prosperity is not a product of COLLECTIVization. It is a phenomenon that appears when all men everywhere are allowed to move freely about their own affairs. The real problem has always been what to do about those who want to control, regulate, punish, or cause harm to persons and property.