David Spivak is thinking along the same lines of many of us here, it seems. Yay! Thanks @starbright

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<< The idea that’s haunted me, and motivated me, for the past seven years or so came to me while reading a book called The Moment of Complexity: our emerging network culture, by Mark C. Taylor. It was a fascinating book about how our world is becoming increasingly networked—wired up and connected—and that this is leading to a dramatic increase in complexity. >>

<< I’m not sure if it was stated explicitly there, but I got the idea that with the advent of the World Wide Web in 1991, a new neural network had been born. The lights had been turned on, and planet earth now had a brain.

I wondered how far this idea could be pushed. Is the world alive, is it a single living thing? If it is, in the sense I meant, then its primary job is to survive.. >>

@natecull people were writing how the technological system was a thing unto itself before even the arpanet existed

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@rabcyr They were indeed, and a lot of them came from the cybernetics and systems theory cluster of people.

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