Cognition and Collective Intelligence

Cognitive and psychological research provides useful theoretical perspectives for understanding what is happening inside the mind of an individual in tasks such as memory recall, judgment and decision making, and problem solving – including meta-cognitive tasks, when an individual is reflecting on their own or other people’s performance. Understanding these processes within individuals can help us understand under what conditions collective intelligence might form for a group and how we might optimize that group’s collective performance. Each of these components alone, or in concert, can be understood to form the basic building blocks of group collective intelligence. In this chapter, we will review the cognitive and psychological research related to collective intelligence. We will begin by exploring how cognitive biases can affect collective behavior, both in individuals and in groups. Next, we will discuss the issue of expertise, and discuss how more knowledgeable individuals may behave differently, and how they can be identified. We will also review some recent research on consensus-based models and meta-cognitive models such as the Bayesian truth serum that identify knowledgeable individuals in the absence of any ground truth. We will then look at how information sharing between individuals affects the collective performance, and review a number of studies that manipulate how that information is shared. Finally, we will look at collective intelligence within a single mind.

Source: Cognition and Collective Intelligence | Learning Change

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How the Internet’s Collective Human Intelligence Could Outsmart AI

An interview with French philosopher Pierre Lévy on why Elon Musk is wrong about AI

What if computers could take the words we type on the internet and convert them into a language that describes what they actually mean? Analyzing data pulled from social media would reveal insights into the deeper questions about our real motives and feelings, instead of mere statistics.

Pierre Lévy, a French philosopher who’s been writing about cyberspace since the 1990s and who is the Canada research chair in collective intelligence at the University of Ottawa, is working on software that can do just this. He’s done the math andannotated the entire French dictionary with a language—or, as he calls it, a hyper-language, since it describes words that already form a language of their own—that he calls IEML, or the Information Economy MetaLanguage. All that’s left is to do the actual coding to turn it into an automatic system.

Source: How the Internet’s Collective Human Intelligence Could Outsmart AI | Motherboard

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Too many awesome teachers?

A Path for Warriors for the Human Spirit offered by Margaret Wheatley


“We are committed to act in ways that make it possible for people to experience their human potential.

We aspire to be a discerning, compassionate, sane presence in the most difficult circumstances.

Yet we also realize that no matter how much mastery we have attained in our professional and personal lives, we need different skills and perspectives to meet the ever-increasing challenges we face. This is why we dedicate ourselves to Training.”

Higher Consciousness Online: a short online course offered by Stephen Busby

Stephen Busby“For all those interested or engaged in some form of higher consciousness work over recent years, it may be clear to you by now that there is much more higher consciousness available to us – as a human collective – than ever before, and that we have a responsibility to expand our access to this. We are being asked to be more creative and courageous in how we do this.


This Course comes as part of a strong continuing impulse to nourish the planetary field of higher consciousness along with many other teachers and networks.”


Too many great trainings are offered by too many great teachers alive in today’s word.
Of course, they are not too many for our world in dire need for next-level wisdom, but too many for any individual to take all trainings that s/he could benefit from.

Only solution: co-evolution!

I.e. sharing our learnings in co-creative communities of affinity and commitment.

If you come across world-centric teachers of consciousness with offers that support the evolutionary transformation of self, systems, and society, then please post the news from them as replies to this blog.

Even better, why not share also what inspires you about them. And if you happen to be benefitting from working with more than one teacher, let our readers know how the synergy of their work come alive in your life.

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The evolutionary meaning of the Apple Watch

Apple-Watch1“Apple has quickly caught on to the power of collective intelligence to solve our most pressing societal problems. And the company has productized this in the form of a new global platform to use sensors within their 700 million device network — a platform to help diagnose and record treatments for the world to learn from. This same network could be used for reporting potholes and other city issues in the future.”

Source: Government Technology, March 9, 2015

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What is the “new“ in a new we-culture? 

This blogpost is my reply to the request from Evolve magazine to address the question of “What is the ‘new’ in a new we-culture?” in 200 words, which will be published in their next issue.

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 9.33.20 AMIt is Springtime and seeds are breaking through solid soil; sprouts stretching towards the Sun. With the same elemental force (and fragility), individual and collective human consciousness is stretching towards ever-new heights. In the tip of the current wave are self-organizing associations of autonomous agents, connected by a shared passion to evolve consciousness and culture as themselves.

When the spiral of the We line of development is turning from the ego-centric to the world-centric stage, as is the case for many “We-space” groups, then dots are connecting, systemic interdependences are becoming visible and lives more meaningful. Evolution is shifting from happening to us to happening through us.

In this new culture we exercise our response-ability to the community that is not an antithesis of our individual autonomy, but a garden, in which it can truly blossom. Thanks to the Internet, the new we-culture can develop collective sensing and meaning making organs. Realizing that possibility is our next step in the long march towards the awakening of humankind’s collective sentience: the capacity of the We (at any scale) to care for the well-being and evolution of the whole and all of its parts, as well as, its habitat, the larger encompassing whole.

The German translation was published in the beautiful, June 2015 “Wir-Räume” issue of Evolve magazine. See below:

Wir Räume cover of EvolveEs ist Frühling und die Sämlinge durchbrechen die feste Erde, Sprossen strecken sich nach der Sonne. Mit derselben elementaren Kraft (und Zartheit) streckt sich das individuelle und kollektive menschliche Bewusstsein nach ewig-neuen Höhen. An der Spitze der neuesten Entwicklungsbewegung finden sich selbstorganisierte Zusammenschlüsse von autonomen Akteuren, die die Leidenschaft verbindet, Bewusstsein und Kultur – als sich selbst – zu entwickeln.

Wenn sich die Spirale der Entwicklung des Wir von einer egozentrischen, nur den Eigeninteressen verpflichteten, zu einer weltzentrischen Haltung des globalen Interesses wandelt – so wie es für viele Gruppen, die mit Wir-Räumen experimentieren, der Fall ist –, dann entstehen neue Verbindungen, systemische Wechselbeziehungen werden sichtbar und das Leben wird bedeutungsvoller. Die Evolution geschieht uns nicht mehr, sondern sie geschieht durch uns.

In dieser neuen Kultur werden wir unsere Verantwortlichkeit gegenüber der Gemeinschaft wertschätzen, wodurch aber unsere individuelle Autonomie nicht beeinträchtigt wird – das Wir wird der Garten, in dem unsere Individualität erblühen kann. Dank des

Internets kann die neue Wir-Kultur Organe entwickeln, um kollektiv zu spüren und neue Sinndimensionen zu eröffnen. Die Verwirklichung dieses Potenzials ist unser nächster Schritt auf dem langen Weg zum Erwachen einer kollektiven Empfindungsfähigkeit der Menschheit: die Fähigkeit des Wir (wie groß es auch sein mag), für das Wohlbefinden und die Evolution des Ganzen und all seiner Teile Fürsorge zu empfinden und Verantwortung zu übernehmen.

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Integral Mindfulness, Wisdom Society, and Collective Sentience

Integral Mindfulness, Wisdom Society, and Collective Sentience:

an exploration into the next stage of human consciousness

Abstracts of my paper for the Mindfulness & Compassion conference in San Francisco, 3-7 June

This contribution to the “Mindfulness & Compassion” conference is focused on where the moral compass of integral mindfulness points. Being integrally mindful is about taking mindfulness off the meditation cushion and infusing all dimensions of our life with it; not only the life of you and me, but also of collective entities, such as organizations, networks, nations.

If wisdom is “a discerning mental factor that clearly comprehends the causes, conditions, effects, and implications of experiential process, content, behavior…” as Ron Purser suggests (Purser, 2014) then cultivating it at collective scales is a vital condition to our species’ evolution to the next level of consciousness. That is a requisite for passing our evolutionary test to a planetary society guided by collective wisdom. Only then we will be capable to meet our intertwining global crises caused by the pathological aspect of the previous stages of consciousness and their corresponding social structures.

Collective sentience builds on the Buddhist concept of sentience (characterized by matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness) and turns it into an attribute of groups and collective entities at any scale. Humanity will become sentient when it develops collective sensing and meaning-making organs, collective intelligence and consciousness, which make it capable to care for the well-being and evolution of the species itself, its habitat, both the whole each part of it. All for the Whole, the Whole for all.

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From Integral Mindfulness to Collective Intelligence to Collective Sentience

From Integral Mindfulness to Collective Intelligence to Collective Sentience:
signposts to the later stages of our evolutionary journey

 by George Pór



This essay is a wide-ranging exploration into the conditions for realizing the next-level potential of human and social evolution. A starting point for looking at “evolution” is the unending journey resulting from the “dynamic interplay of the passive and the creative polarizations of the Absolute that unfolds itself into the energetic process of differentiation bringing forth the whole of creation.” The evolutionary process actually continues through cycles of differentiation, then integration, at a higher level.

4 Spheres of Being Mindful IntegrallyWe are on the threshold of a new cycle of the spiral, the spiral of consciousness. The previous cycles, archaic, magic, mythic, modern and post-modern consciousness served us well by leading us so far. However, becoming stuck with them is becoming stuck with an existential threat of intertwining global crises that cannot be solved at the currently dominant modern and post-modern levels. The next cycle is the one of an integral, holistic consciousness that enables the integration of the inner and outer technologies and sciences, deep intuition and systems thinking, spirituality and precision of inquiry.

In this essay I explore some of themes that are core to our move into the next cycle, such as, collective intelligence, collective sentience, evolutionary guidance systems, integral and shared mindfulness.

You can find the full text of the article, published in the “Collective Intelligence” special issue of Spanda Journal, here.

If you want to browse the whole issue, you can download it from here.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The comparative advantages of online dialogue

I wrote up the following points originally, in an online conversation on Facebook, related to Frederic Laloux‘ upcoming lecture on “How to Become a Soulful Organisation“:

• We can pause for a moment of contemplating ( ) before answering to what has just been written, thus accessing and responding from a potentially broader perspective.

• I think many people are sharing both your and my views, and this medium can give them a voice and enrich the conversation.

* The shared record can support and become a destination for critical thinking, “the awakening of the intellect to the study of itself.”

• The record also lets its readers revisit the flow and look for patterns of emergent meaning that connects the different positions; something that is more difficult in real-time conversation, due to the limitations of our short-term memory.

• We can make a small contribution to the larger conversation around organisation design for the 21st century, given that what we write here is searchable and linkable to/from other related pages on the Web.

What other advantages can you think of?

Clearly, there are disadvantages too, and I’m not arguing for online dialogues replacing the face-to-face ones. Our collective intelligence needs not only both, but even more importantly, the skillful integration of them. Do you have any experience of or view on that?

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Evolution’s engine picking up steam


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Evolution’s engine is picking up steam.

Those on the edge are entertained by a dazzling firework of opportunities.

To choose well, engaging the flow for the highest impact, the collective mind has to access collective wisdom, swiftly.

Practice, practice, practice!

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