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The ant colony as a test for scientific theories of consciousness

This in Synthese freely available here. We introduce the Ant Colony Test (ACT) as a rigorous reverse test for consciousness. We show that social insect colonies, though disaggregated collectives, fulfill many of the prerequisites for conscious awareness met by humans and honey bee workers. However only a small fraction of neurons in the brain might be…

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…

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

Extended Epistemology

We called for a dynamic externalist epistemology from a computational intelligence perspective and a social theory perspective a decade ago — Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition and have been banging on about this via Stigmergy 3.0: From ants to economies and more recently Human-Human Stigmergy.   complexitycomputational intelligencedistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgesituated cognitionSocial Sciencesstigmergic cognitionstigmergic epistemology

Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition

Cognitive Systems Research Volume 9, Issues 1–2, March 2008, Pages 136-149. As improbable as this might sound there is a bit of Hayek, Oakeshott and Marx in here. complexitydispersed knowledgedistributed cognitionParticle Swarmstigmergic cognitionstigmergic epistemologyStigmergy