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Topic: Blood music ?

From: Dan
Location: Israel
Date: 05/11/2008


Re: Blood music ?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/12/2008

Interesting piece. Again, however, we keep confusing terms. A collection of complex organisms that cooperate are exhibiting intelligence; that is, they're solving problems as a group. Human social intelligence--the part of our thought process devoted to modeling our interaction in a group of humans--is likely much simpler in social "single-cell" organisms like bacteria or slime molds, but social algorithms probably still exist in some form. Consciousness? That's what happens when we stop working and twiddle our thumbs... Get "lost in your work," and you're just like a bear in the woods, hunting for berries and grubs... you're not thinking much about your self. Slim molds may not need to waste their energy that way, either.

Re: Blood music ?

From: patrick
Date: 05/15/2008

I'm gonna 'ave ta save that, man.

Re: Blood music ?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/27/2008

And I presume that I meant "slime molds." Though if they go on a diet...

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