This simulation from Jean Lievens.
May 15, 2013 0 Comments Short URL Cognitive science, complexity, Emergence, Extended Mind, Externalism, Spontaneous order, stigmergic, Stigmergy self organizing systems, stigmergic, stigmergic cognition, stigmergy
I see that the publisher now has a fully detailed page up for a volume that I’ve been privileged to be a part of. The Foreword is by a very nice chappie going by the name of V.Smith and includes luminaries such as McCloskey, Boettke, Gintis, Steel and others. My abstract:
Mindscapes and Landscapes: Hayek and Simon on Cognitive Extension
Hayek’s and Simon’s social externalism runs on a shared presupposition: mind is constrained in its computational capacity to detect, harvest, and assimilate “data” generated by the infinitely fine-grained and perpetually dynamic characteristic of experience in complex social environments. For Hayek, mind and sociality are co-evolved spontaneous orders, allowing little or no prospect of comprehensive explanation, trapped in a hermeneutically sealed, i.e. inescapably context bound, eco-system. For Simon, it is the simplicity of mind that is the bottleneck, overwhelmed by the ambient complexity of the environmental. Since on Simon’s account complexity is unidirectional, Simon is far more ebullient about the prospects of explanation. Hayek’s social externalism functions as a kind of distributed “extra-neural” memory store manifest as dynamic spontaneous orders. Simon’s organizational rule-governed externalism negotiates the “inner” world (the mind) with the “outer” world through a homeostatic interface that offloads the cognitive burden into the environment. Their respective externalisms may differ in detail but not in spirit in that it ameliorates their shared presupposition of cognitive constraint. Even though any “optimization talk” for Hayek and Simon is objectionable, knowledge acquisition can be represented by a contextualized stigmergic swarm optimization algorithm that gives due emphasis to both the individual and the environment. The key insight is that “perfect” knowledge is unnecessary, impracticable and indeed irrelevant if one understands the mechanism at work in complex sociality, a stigmergic sociality that in effect augments or scaffolds cognition.
July 11, 2012 0 Comments Short URL Austrian School, Bounded Rationality, Cognition, Cognitive science, Colin McGinn, complexity, Economics, Extended Mind, Friedrich Hayek, Hayek, Herbert Simon, Philosophy of mind, social epistemology, Social science, Spontaneous order behavioral economics, bounded rationality, cognitive closure, Deirdre McCloskey, extended cognitive systems, extended mind, externalism, hayek, herb gintis, Pete Boettke, self organizing systems, self-referentiality, situated cognition, social cognition, social connectionism, social epistemology, social ontology, social psychology, spontaneous order, spontaneous orders, stigmergic, stigmergic cognition, stigmergy, vernon smith
Just under a week until the CI2012 shindig – as it so happens I’m busy co-writing a paper and co-editing a themed issue of Cognitive Systems Research on a species of CI – surprise, surprise “stigmergy.”
April 14, 2012 0 Comments Short URL Artificial intelligence, Austrian School, Cognition, Collective intelligence, complexity, Extended Mind, Intelligence, Knowledge, Knowledge Management, Philosophy of mind, social epistemology, Social Sciences, Spontaneous order, Stigmergy, Wikipedia collaboration, collective intentionality, collective knowledge, complex adaptive systems, complexity, computational intelligence, computer simulations, distributed cognition, distributed knowledge, Don Lavoie, group agency, group cognition, group justification, group minds, hayek, hypothesis of embedded cognition, self organizing systems, situated cognition, social cognition, social connectionism, social epistemology, social networking, social ontology, sociocognition, sociology of science, spontaneous order, spontaneous orders, stigmergic, stigmergic cognition, stigmergy
Here is a draft of my entry for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences.
December 8, 2011 0 Comments Short URL Hayek, use of knowledge in society austrian economics, bounded rationality, cognition, cognitive closure, cognitive ecology, cognitive science, cognitive systems, Colin McGinn, collective intentionality, collective knowledge, complex adaptive systems, complexity, connectionism, cybernetics, distributed cognition, distributed knowledge, Economics, Embedded, embodied cognition, embodiment, emergence, enactivism, epistemic systems, epistemology, evolutionary psychology, extended cognitive systems, extended mind, externalism, freedom, individualism, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of social science, self organizing systems, self-referentiality, self-synchronizing systems, situated cognition, social cognition, social connectionism, social epistemology, social networking, social ontology, social psychology, socialism, sociocognition, sociology, spontaneous order, spontaneous orders
Here’s a co-authored paper by one of the leading complexity theorists Vitorino Ramos.
October 27, 2011 0 Comments Short URL collaboration, collaborative filtering, collective intentionality, collective knowledge, complex adaptive systems, complexity, distributed cognition, distributed knowledge, network theory, networks, self organizing systems, spontaneous order, stigmergic, stigmergic cognition, stigmergy, Vitorino Ramos
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