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Macrocognition. A theory of distributed minds and collective intentionality.

Author: Bryce Huebner
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press 2014.
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We live in an age of scientific collaboration, popular uprisings, failing political parties, and increasing corporate power. Many of these kinds of collective action derive from the decisions of intelligent and powerful leaders, and many others emerge as a result of the aggregation of individual interests. But genuinely collective mentality remains a seductive possibility. This book develops a novel approach to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bryce Huebner
ISBN: 9780199926275 0199926271
OCLC Number: 893409089
Description: 304 pages
Contents: Part I: Macrocognition: A new foundation for a theory of collective mentality ; 1. Why bother with collective mentality? ; 2. Missteps on the road to macrocognition ; 3. One step closer on the road to macrocognition ; 4. A Plausible foundation for macrocognition ; Part II: Toward a more complete theory of collective mentality ; 5. Is collective mentality intuitively implausible? ; 6. The explanatory superfluity of collective mentality, Part I ; 7. The explanatory superfluity of collective mentality, Part II ; 8. Collective selves and collective personhood ; 9. Different kinds of collective minds ; 10. Conclusion ; References ; Index
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This book develops a novel approach to distributed cognition and collective intentionality. It is argued that collective mentality should be only be posited where specialized subroutines are  Read more...

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In this book, Bryce Huebner articulates and defends the hypothesis of collective mentality, the claim that some collectives 'are minded' or have psychologies in the same sense as individuals. His Read more...

 
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