RE: hive mind

From: mike99 (
Date: Fri Aug 04 2006 - 12:14:55 MDT

'Glad you mentioned Walter Jon Williams' novel (actually titled) ARISTOI.

Walter is one of the few living science fiction writers of note who actually
live here in New Mexico, USA. The late Roger Zelazny also lived here. And,
of course, we are proudest of our ancient, seemingly immortal Grand Master
Jack Williamson, who continues to produce new novels and stories unto his
98th year.

Michael LaTorra

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf Of Damien
> Broderick
> Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 9:43 PM
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> Subject: Re: hive mind
> >I also wonder if one could split a single hemisphere into smaller
> >components, teach each component to communicate, and manifest a
> >multitude of independent consciousnesses
> Without going to extremes of sub-division, it's arguable that this is
> what we do routinely in modeling the people we know best. Maybe those
> models, with their idiosyncratic quirks, are both distributed and
> overlapping (making repurposed empathic use, obviously, of one's
> self-understanding and rich internal model) but the effect seems
> similar. At the extreme it probably explains dissociative
> personalities. My father had affecting and informative conversations
> with my mother after she died; he was clearly accessing his internal
> model of her, established over decades.
> The splitting idea is explored fictionally, FWIW, in Walter Jon
> William's best sf novel, ARISTO, and in several books by
> Alexander Jablokov.
> Damien Broderick

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