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The Extended Mind and Religious Cognition

New paper from the very excellent Joel Krueger. See also Joel’s Empathy and the Extended Mind paper from a few years back along with other papers discussing this topic. One of the primary functions of religious texts — along with the different rituals and forms of worship constructed with them — is, precisely, to take over part of…

Human-Human Stigmergy

UNCORRECTED proofs now available here. Complex systemscomplexitydistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmergenceExtended Mindhuman-human stigmergynetwork theorysocial cognitionSpontaneous orderstigmergicstigmergic cognitionstigmergic epistemologyStigmergy


Army ants ‘mind the gap’ efficiently

BBC popular write up of Simon Garnier’s co-authored Army ants dynamically adjust living bridges in response to a cost–benefit trade-off. antscollective behaviorcomplexitydistributed cognitionoptimizationroboticsself-assemblySelf-organizationSimon GarnierSpontaneous orderStigmergySwarm intelligence

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Human-Human Stigmergy

Coming soon in Cognitive Systems Research 1. Francis Heylighen Stigmergy as a Universal Coordination Mechanism I: Definition and Components 2. Francesco Bolici, James Howison and Kevin Crowston Stigmergic Coordination in FLOSS Development Teams: Integrating Explicit and Implicit Mechanisms 3. Ted G. Lewis and Richard Begin Imitation and Novelty in Product Development 4. Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez Stigmergy at the…