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uncle ebeneezer
07-07-2010, 12:42 PM
...says Zimmer (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/07/07/facebook-is-not-a-brain-and-other-failed-metaphors/).

Ocean
07-07-2010, 01:07 PM
...says Zimmer (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/07/07/facebook-is-not-a-brain-and-other-failed-metaphors/).

Thank you, uncle. That was a great counter argument against Bob's main point. I share Carl's dislike for the hidden (or not so hidden) connotation about destiny that Bob sneaks in his writings.

But, I also have to say, that as any critique of an article, it focuses on the weaknesses of the argument but doesn't say much about its strengths. I interpreted Bob's article as speculative, and based on a soon-to-be published book, of which, of course, I know nothing.

My interpretation is that this is an idea that is being circulated as a possibility that a new phenomenon, a superstructure, is emerging. Once there is some serious consideration to that possibility and the metaphors that can be used to describe some of its attributes, then you can start comparing it to other similar structures (i.e. the superorganism). So I would say to Carl, also, not so fast...

Hey, we have another possible pairing for a diavlog. If only Carl was to come back.