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August 8, 2011

Singularity Summit Australia Talk: The Emerging Global Mind, Cooperation, and Compassion

by omohundro

A pdf file with the slides is here:

http://selfawaresystems.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/emerging-global-mind.pdf

The Emerging Global Mind, Cooperation, and Compassion

Steve Omohundro, Ph.D.
President, Omai Systems

The internet is creating a kind of “global mind”. For example, Wikipedia radically changes how people discover and learn new information and they in turn shape Wikipedia. In the blogosphere, ideas propagate rapidly and faulty thinking is rapidly challenged. As social networks become more intelligent, they will create a more coherent global mind. Corporations, ecosystems, economies, political systems, social insects, multi-cellular organisms, and our own minds all have this interacting emergent character. We describe nine universal principles underlying these minds and then step back and discuss the universal evolutionary principles behind them. We discover that the human yearnings for compassion and cooperation arise from deep universal sources and show the connection to recent evolutionary models of the entire universe. Some people are beginning to see their personal life purpose as linked up with these larger evolutionary trends and we discuss ways to use this perspective to make life choices.

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