Self-organization – Overcoming resistance despite the odds

H. G. Wells expected the World Brain to begin “at divergent points.”This view is echoed by Manfred Kochen in his design of “a new social organ” (WISE – World Information Synthesis and Encyclopedia) which would emerge from “several semi-cooperative but semi-competitive organizations”. Against this natural evolution, Wells ranges his fear that the “change of scale….. would lead to an age of confusion and “gangster opportunity” dominated by “unscrupulous” financiers and “recalcitrant” minorities, and what was for Wells “the meanest thing in human nature”, the combination of “the fear of responsibility and the craving for leadership”. Kochen is also cited asking whether the “current global ecological crisis” might provide the necessary “powerful motivation” to overcome resistance.

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