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Re: The "Social Nervous System"
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 09:04:15 -0400



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From: Esther Dyson <edyson () edventure com>
Date: March 13, 2009 2:34:03 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Re:   The "Social Nervous System"

I would say our biggest problem is implicitly thinking of it as a nervous system, with a central brain and remote controls, when we really should be looking at it as an organism with local autonomy and an immune system to keep it healthy.

At 01:39 PM 3/12/2009, David Farber wrote:


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From: Scott Brim <swb () employees org>
Date: March 12, 2009 1:04:43 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Cc: ip <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: Re: [IP] The "Social Nervous System"

I quote Arthur C. Clarke out of context:

"What we are building now is the nervous system of mankind, which
will link together the whole human race, for better or worse, in a
unity which no earlier age could have imagined."

- Arthur C. Clarke, "The Social Consequences of Communications
Satellites," paper presented at the 12th International Astronautical
Congress, Washington, DC, 1961, and published in Arthur C. Clarke,
Voices from the Sky: Previews of the Coming Space Age (New York:
Harper & Row, 1965), p. 139.






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