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Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace Hardcover – March 19, 2008

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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 Café Community; World Index of Environmental and Social Responsibility; Worldchanging.com.

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  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Earth Intelligence Network; 1st edition (March 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097156616X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971566163
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Ralph H. Peters on July 7, 2008
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This is a wonderfully stimulating collection of offerings on the interplay between human collectives and the "information age." Inevitably, some insights are more gripping than others--but each essay by the more than fifty futurists (for want of a better term) engaged in this effort is worth reading. While we may think we're frightfully clever and sophisticated when it comes to our "information age," it struck this reader that, in relation to information exploitation, we're at a point equivalent to the mid-seventeenth century in the physical sciences: We've gotten some of the basic parameters figured out, but haven't yet begun to understand their myriad applications. This volume is stimulating, useful, sometimes brilliant, and always worth turning over the page. Very highly recommended for those involved in intelligence, government or the media--as well as for citizens concerned about our collective future. Brain food for grown-ups.
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This is an anthology of numerous road-to-hell pavers, who believing they have a useful hammer, want to pound some kind of social nail to "fix" the problems of humankind. None of them are COGNIZANT of their do-gooding bent. Some cannot distinguish between INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE, KNOWLEDGE and INTELLIGENCE, while most all of them have no real understanding of what constitutes intelligence, much less how an assemblage of minds does not create intelligence. The recent farce in Congress is an instance, repeated since the dawn of the Anglo-Saxon form of self-government, of how an assemblage of minds often produces the opposite of intelligence: stupidity.

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.
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