Collective Consciousness Supported by the Web: healthy or toxic?

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We define the noosphere as the conscious level of the web, where global conversations are being held about collective challenges. To understand its dynamics, we review three neuroscientific theories of consciousness: in-formation integration, adaptive resonance, and global workspace. These suggest that conscious thoughts are characterized by a “resonant”, self-maintaining pattern of circulating information. This pattern should be suffi-ciently stable to be examined and dependably stored, yet sufficiently plas-tic to adapt to new input. The self-organizing dynamics of ideas circulating on the web, however, may settle in an attractor that is too resistant to ac-commodate new information. This results in a closed, toxic form of collec-tive consciousness exemplified by conspiracy theories. We review the global discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic to illustrate healthy and un-healthy forms of noospheric consciousness. We then argue for the need to promote the healthy form via the modelling of the dynamics of idea propa-gation and the dissemination of narratives promoting open conversation.
Originele taal-2English
TitelComputational Collective Intelligence
SubtitelICCCI 2021
RedacteurenNgoc Thanh Nguyen, Ngoc Thanh Nguyen, Lazaros Iliadis, Ilias Maglogiannis, Bogdan Trawiński
Aantal pagina's13
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-030-88080-4
StatusPublished - 2021
Evenement13th International Conference on Computational Collective Intelligence - Rhodes, Greece
Duur: 29 sep 20211 okt 2021

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NaamLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence


Conference13th International Conference on Computational Collective Intelligence
Verkorte titelICCCI 2021
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Collective Consciousness Supported by the Web: Healthy or Toxic?

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Acknowledgments. This research was supported by the Kacyra Family Foundation as part of its Human Energy Project and by the John Templeton Foundation through its grant ID61733 “The Origins of Goal-Directedness”.

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© 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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