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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

Stigmergy and Methodological individualism

We’ve been bloody well saying this for the past decade! Here and here and several other places besides. Good though to see The Review of Austrian Economics carry this paper — the late Don Lavoie (as did Hayek before him) was the first of the new generation of Austrians to explicitly grasp the concept of stigmergy, though admittedly,…