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Microblogging and stigmergy

Yet another article that detects a stigmergic dynamic within a digital domain, namely microblogging, made freely available via Sensors.   distributed knowledgemicrobloggingspontaneous ordersstigmergicstigmergic cognitionStigmergy

Stigmergy in a water environment

This is the first time I’ve come across discussion of stigmergy in a fluid (water) context. Check out this freely available paper here. Stigmergy is a biological phenomenon that has been adopted by robotics, referring to environmentally mediated communication where information about building actions is encoded in the partially built structure. For example, beavers build…

Adam Smith

Marking the birth of the gentle professor. In the university of Oxford, the greater part of the public professors have, for these many years, given up altogether even the pretence of teaching.   Adam SmithDavid Humedistributed knowledgeinvisible handMoral psychologypolitical economyPropriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam SmithSpontaneous orderTheory of Moral SentimentsWealth of…

The Regulation of Language

Here’s a most interesting article that reemphasizes the functional beauty of the Anglophone tradition of common law and language. As Givati points out, English, be it “BBC standard” or Jamaican (and everything in between), is essentially of a distributed character. This is one of the reasons why English is so adaptable (science and business), so culturally rich,…

Human-Human Stigmergy

A collection of papers on human-human stigmergy: Theoretical developments and new applications and From ants to economies and Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition. dispersed knowledgedistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgehuman-human stigmergyNetwork Sciencestigmergicstigmergic cognitionstigmergic epistemology

The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark

Twenty years on I guess this marks the moment when the hypothesis of extended cognition has well and truly become mainstream. This in The New Yorker.   Andy ClarkArtificial intelligenceCognitive sciencedistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeExtended MindPhilosophy of mindsituated cognition