RE: request for new word

From: Brent Thomas (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 09:53:10 MDT

For any such grouping (hive, etc) I favor the term 'CONSILIENCE' as
referenced here
And used by
Kathleen Ann Goonan
In her recent novel 'Light Music'
(latest in a quite interesting series, I do recommend it for a good

Although its not specific to the grouping involved it seems broad enough
cover almost any level of cooperative interaction.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Goertzel []
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 3:31 PM
Subject: request for new word


For a speculative futuristic article I'm writing (for a journal issue
edited by Francis Heylighen), I need a new word: a word to denote a mind
that is halfway between an individual mind and a society of minds.

Not a hive-mind, but rather a community of minds that exchange
thoughts/ideas directly rather than thru language, and hence derive a
degree of synergetic mutual intelligence much greater than that
achievable in a society of separate minds....

I'm reviewing two possible future examples of such minds

1) a community of Novamente AI engines

2) a community of human minds that are enhanced with neurochips or
related technologies and linked into a Net enabled with "Kazaa for

[Of course, Singularity-wise, these possibilities are either
pre-Singularity, or else post-Singularity in a world shaped and guided
by superintelligent quasi-Vingean Powers. But the focus of this
particular article is not the Singularity, but rather the interesting
possibility of this intermediately individual/social frame of mind]

Any suggestions?

Eliezer suggested "Mindplex", which is better than my prior idea
"Multi-mind" ... [I wrote an unpublished novel called "Sexplex" once ;-)

Also, any reference to prior ("serious" or science-fictional)
developments of this theme? [Sturgeon's "More than Human" is an
example, but the mindplex in there is smaller-scale and more
specially-structured than what I'm thinking]

Ben G

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