Noospheric consciousness: integrating neural models of consciousness and of the web

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Abstract

The world-wide web has been conceptualized as a global brain for humanity due to its neural network-like organization. To determine whether this global brain could exhibit features associated with consciousness, we review three neuroscientific theories of consciousness: information integration, adaptive resonance and global workspace. These theories propose that conscious states are characterized by a globally circulating, resonant pattern of activity that is sufficiently coherent to be examined and reflected upon. We then propose a correspondence between this notion and Teilhard de Chardin’s concept of the noosphere as a forum for collective thinking, and explore some implications of this self-organizing dynamics for the evolution of global conversations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th ACM Web Science Conference 2021 (WebSci ’21 Companion)
Subtitle of host publication,June 21–25, 2021, Virtual Event, United Kingdom
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8525-1/21/06
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

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