Re: Near-term stuff

From: Amara Graps (
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 04:20:49 MDT

Anders Sandberg
>> modifying the Net does introduce an element of intelligence. So my answer
>> would be that we should look more for something like the global intelligence
>> of the EarthWeb in Marc Stiegler's novel rather than a god awakening to the
>> sound of all phones ringing.
"J. R. Molloy"
>OK, that puts a Global Brain beyond near-term stuff (except for fantasies
>about "Gaia").

I'm not aware of "Gaia fantasies" ... could you educate me please?

My knowledge of Gaia-ideas is from nonlinear physics and chaos theory,
that is: feedback loops, self-regulating systems, etc. and yes, I've read
James Lovelock. Isn't Gaia considered a large complex and deeply
interconnected system (Earth), where the physics, chemistry, biology, etc.
each have their important role to maintain a particular balance?

BTW, One of my favorite "interdisciplinary books: about Gaia-ideas is:
>From Gaia to Selfish Genes: Selected Writngs in the Life Sciences_,
ed. Connie Barlow.


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