<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 12/06/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">Eugen Leitl</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:<br><br></span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
> having a few people "put their heads together" creates an entity that<br>> is smarter and more capable than any individual. Arguably, the most<br>> significant aspect of human intelligence is that it allows effective
<br>> scaling up through communication between individuals. Collectively,<br>> the human race is a very intelligent and powerful animal indeed.<br><br>Powerful, yes. Intelligent, no.</blockquote><div><br>If you give a difficult problem to an individual, and you give the same problem to a collection of individuals, such as the scientific community, the latter is much more likely to come up with a solution. The same could be said of the historical process: the modern car as a collaborative effort of engineers going back to whenever the wheel was invented. So although the collective cannot be called a single conscious mind (there's no evidence of that, at any rate), it is a very effective problem-solving entity.
<br></div><br></div><br clear="all"><br>-- <br>Stathis Papaioannou