GLOBAL MIND AND GLOBAL BRAIN
V 14 02 2002 14:00  Copyright J. P. Krol

THIS IS A HIGHLY CONDENSED ESSAY TO ILLUSTRATE ASPECTS OF THE AUTHORS' DEFINITIONS OF THESE "PHENOMENA" TO AN INTELLIGENT LAY AUDIENCE.

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THE WORDS MIND AND BRAIN HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF DEBATE FOR MANY MANY CENTURIES AND HAVE FREQUENTLY BEEN USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORD GLOBAL, SUGGESTING THAT AN ENTITY EXISTED AT A GLOBAL LEVEL WHICH WAS A PRODUCT OF THE INDIVIDUAL ENTITIES ON THE PLANET THAT HAVE MINDS AND BRAINS.

SINCE ONLY A FEW DECADES A FUNDAMENTAL QUALITATIVE DIFFERENCE HAS ENTERED THIS DEBATING ROOM, AT LEAST WHEN WE SPEAK OF A GLOBAL MIND AND A GLOBAL BRAIN.

WE ARE REFERRING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPUTERS AND THE MASSIVE LINKAGE OF COMPUTER SYSTEMS AT A GLOBAL LEVEL IN PARTICULAR.

WHETHER PHENOMENA DESERVE A PLACE IN COMMON MODELS OF REALITY IS OFTEN DETERMINED BY THE QUESTION TO WHAT EXTEND THEY ARE MEASURABLE.

WHEN SPEAKING OF MINDS AND BRAINS OF INDIVIDUAL ORGANISMS THIS REQUIREMENT, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO MIND, IS ALREADY COMPLEX. WHEN ADDING THE WORD GLOBAL A QUALITATIVELY DIFFERENT LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY IS ADDED TO SAY THE LEAST.

WE WANT TO MAKE IT QUITE CLEAR AT THIS POINT THAT OUR POSITION IS THAT IN THE CASE OF INDIVIDUAL MIND AND BRAIN, MIND CAN BE REGARDED AS A (OR THE) SOFTWARE PHENOMENON AND BRAIN AS THE HARDWARE PHENOMENON IN ORGANIC SYSTEMS SUCH AS HUMANS.

IN THE CASE OF THE GLOBAL EQUIVALENTS, THESE PHENOMENA EXISTED ONLY IN THE REALM OF PHILOSOPHY AND METAPHYSICS.

UNTIL RECENTLY.

WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A VERY HIGH DEGREE OF FUNCTIONAL RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN THE BRAINS OF LIFE ORGANISMS AND COMPUTERS.

WHEN REFERRING TO THE GLOBAL LEVEL AND USING MEASURABILITY AS A REALITY CRITERION THERE SIMPLY IS NO PHENOMENON, OTHER THEN THE (TOTAL) INTERNET HARDWARE SYSTEM THAT COULD BETTER BE GIVEN THE NAME GLOBAL BRAIN.

WHEN REFERRING TO A GLOBAL MIND AS USUALLY INTENDED IT IS (PRESENTLY) PERHAPS MORE DIFFICULT TO THINK OF RESERVING THIS TERM FOR THE (TOTAL)INTERNET SOFTWARE SYSTEM.

BUT EVEN NOW THIS COULD BE DEFENDED USING THE MEASURABILITY CRITERION.

STORAGE CAPACITY (=MEMORY), SPEED OF DATA TRANSMISSION AND CONTENTS BOTH IN TERMS OF PROCESSING PROGRAMS AND "DATA" CONTENTS ARE VARIABLES THAT CAN BE EXACTLY MEASURED.

MANY DYNAMIC ASPECTS THAT ARE PART OF THE MIND MODEL ARE ALSO PRESENT, FOR EXAMPLE IN SEARCH ENGINES AND THEIR CENSORING AND SEARCH RESULT RANKING CAPABILITIES (PRESENTLY CONSCIOUSNESS IS STILL ANOTHER MATTER -WHICH IS THOROUGHLY DISCUSSED IN OTHER ESSAYS ON THIS WEBSITE-).

AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN . . .

THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLE DEBATE AND RESEARCH ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH DATA IS STORED AND LINKED IN ORGANIC BRAINS PRESENTLY INDICATING THAT MANY ATTRIBUTES OF e.g THE VISIBLE WORLD , SUCH AS e.g. FORM, COLOR , MOTION etc. ARE STORED SEPARATELY AND INTEGRATED INTO IMAGES AS A RESULT OF TOTAL BRAIN ACTIVITY. (EARLIER IT WAS BELIEVED THAT IMAGES WHERE STORED IN THE BRAIN AS LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHS DIRECTLY PROJECTED IN IT THROUGH THE EYE).

OF COURSE IN COMPUTERS DATA ARE STORED IN A DIFFERENT MANNER BUT WHEN THINKING IN TERMS OF MODELS THERE ARE REMARKABLE SIMILARITIES IN THE WAY DATA IS STORED IN FILES WHICH CAN BE LINKED AND THE NEURONAL LINKAGE BETWEEN FUNCTIONALLY DIFFERENTIATED AREAS CONTAINING "DATA" IN ORGANIC BRAINS.

TO ILLUSTRATE THIS POINT WE HAVE PROJECTED THE STATIC HYPERLINK DIAGRAM OF THIS WEBSITE (SHOWING THE LINKED FILES) ON A HUMAN BRAIN SHOWING INTERLINKED CELLULAR MASSES. DYNAMIC HYPERLINK-DIAGRAMS ARE PART OF THE WEBSITE CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM WE USE.
IN THE DYNAMIC VERSION EACH FILE YOU SEE CAN BE MOUSE CLICKED TO SHOW ITS CONTENTS.

IT MAY BE INTERESTING TO BEAR IN MIND THAT THE HYPERLINK DIAGRAM YOU SEE IS FROM ONE WEBSITE ONLY AND THAT THIS WEBSITE OCCUPIES ONLY A MINOR PART OF A SMALL COMPUTER, MANY MILLIONS OF WHICH ARE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET TODAY . . .

FOR INTERESTED READERS WE WILL SOON ELABORATE ON THIS MATTER MORE DEEPLY UNDER SPECIALIZED ESSAYS.

THIS ESSAY WAS WRITTEN TO ASSIST THE READER IN UNDERSTANDING THE PICTURE OF AN INTEGRATED ARTIFICIAL/ORGANIC BRAIN MODEL ON OUR FRONTPAGE IN RELATION TO OUR THEORY OF THE GLOBAL MIND/BRAIN MODEL. THIS INTEGRATED BRAIN CAN BE MOUSE-CLICKED AT VARIOUS PLACES TO HAVE SECTIONS ENLARGED.

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MOST RELEVANT LINKS :
MIND AND BRAIN
BRAIN IN BRAIN
THE GLOBAL MIND AND THE USE OF WORDS

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