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|The Symbiotic Man: A New Understanding of the Organization of Life and a Vision of the Future|
by Joel De Rosnay, Joel De Rosnay, Michael L. Dertouzos, Phyllis Aronoff
In this elegant and ambitious book, organic chemist and accomplished polymath Joel de Rosnay, shows how the sciences of complexity--the study of self-organization and the evolution of complex systems--coupled with the power of modern computing, have ripened into tool powerful enough to help us understand the systems of which we are a part. He demonstrates how nature progresses when structures and functions combine into higher-order assemblies: cells into organisms, organisms into populations, populations into ecosystems. This progression is giving rise to what de Rosnay calls the cybion, a planetary macro-organism consisting of all people and machines, organisms, networks, and nations.
Amazon.com's price: $19.96
|Phenomenon of Man, |
by Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
De Chardin popularized the term "noosphere" (mind sphere), denoting
the network of thoughts, information and communication that englobes
Amazon.com's price: $11.60
|Guided Evolution of Society : A Systems View ,|
by Bela H. Banathy
Amazon.com's price: $95.00
|Metaman : The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism ,|
by Gregory Stock
In this visionary book, Gregory Stock gives us a new way of understanding
our world and our future. He develops the provocative thesis that human
society has become an immense living being - a global superorganism in which
we humans, knitted together by our modern technology and communication, are
like the cells in an animal's body. Drawing on impressive research, Stock
shows this newly formed superorganism to be more than metaphor; it is an
actual living creature, which he has named "Metaman," meaning "beyond and
transcending humans." This name acknowledges humanity's key role in the
superorganism but also stresses that Metaman is more than humanity alone.
Our increasing reliance on new technologies has joined us inextricably to
our technology, while at the same time it has bound humanity together. The
examples are all around us: our medical equipment and drugs, high-yield crop
strains, superhighways, power and telecommunications networks. All these are
part of Metaman. The implications of the new global culture and economy, the
evolution of machine intelligence, and the advent of genetic engineering are
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|World Brain, |
by H. G. Wells
A science fiction writer's prophetic vision of a world encyclopedia
of knowledge that would provide a kind of global repository, like the
world-wide web now does.
Amazon.com's price: $31.95
|Global Brain Awakens : The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism ,|
by Peter Russell, Marilyn Ferguson
Ted Turner said about this book: "A fascinating vision of how the
information revolution is shifting consciousness. A much needed,
optimistic perspective on humanity's future."
Amazon.com's price: $16.95
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