Re: hive mind

From: Charles D Hixson (
Date: Mon Jul 31 2006 - 20:03:41 MDT

Mikko Särelä wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Aug 2006, Tennessee Leeuwenburg wrote:
>> With a proper link, such as an electrode mesh or similar direct contact with
>> the brain, which is transmitted to another human brain, such that each 'human'
>> grows and develops with the link constantly in existence, do you think it is
>> possible that only one mind would exist, or do you think that human brains are
>> so designed that even with such a link, there would be two minds?
> Definitely not SL4, but consider following.
> Our brains consist of neurons, which form up modules which communicate
> with each other. The outcome, to us, seems like one mind, mostly because
> the communication bandwidth between the modules is high enough to rapidly
> transfer information and to create a common interpretation of things.
> Now consider upping the communication bandwidth with your fellow human
> being from what it is currently, keep upping and upping, until you reach
> the same bandwidth and delay properties you have within one brain. What do
> you think will happen?
To have the result that you are envisioning you would need to combine
not merely communication, but also effectors and sensorium. This
becomes possible, but not inevitable, with a mere increase in communication.

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