>Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 15:40:09 +0200
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Global Brain Discussion)
>From: robert pollard <email@example.com> (by way of Francis
>Subject: New subscriber: Robert Pollard
>* Email address:
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>26 Bushwick Avenue, 2-F
>Brooklyn, NY 11211
>Founder & Information Ecologist, Information Habitat: Where Information Lives
>Visiting Scholar, Development Planning Unit, University College London
>Many additional leadership positions in NGO (non-governmental organization)
>Networks and Committees on issues of sustainabilty, Justice and peace.
>(see http://robert-pollard.net/positions for details)
>* How did you hear about the Global Brain group?
>A guest on Gary Null's radio program on WBAI, New York, mentioned the Global
>Brain Study Group, and I found the group on the Web via the Altavista
>* Please take at least one screen to describe your interest and ideas with
>to the concept of a Global Brain or social super-organism. If you have written
>documents about these subjects, please include the references (URL or
>For the past 11 years, my primary focus has been on the systematic
>information and communications technology in support of broad-based
>by NGOs in the recent series of United Nations global conferences, from
>Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to the 1996 Habitat II conference in Istanbul
>from a holistic perspective guided, inter alia, by the Taoist, Quaker and
>Pythagorean traditions, and by my academic training in Mathematics and
>at Cambridge and in Sociology at The Johns Hopkins University.
>I am the Founder, Information Ecologist and UN Representative of
>Where Information Lives, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN
>and Social Council - http://www.igc.org/habitat - and have been developing and
>practicing the emerging discipline of Information Ecology - predicated on the
>recognition of information and information systems as life forms.
>A major current focus - and a centrepiece of my application for a 2001
>Fellowship - http://robert-pollard.net/guggenheim - is a proof of what I have
>been calling the Gaia Mind hypothesis - that the Internet is evolving as a
>super-intelligent global brain and home of Gaia Mind, with the capacity to
>enable a profound transition to sustainability justice and peace.
>The establishment of Information Ecology as a holistic life science - and
>operating system for sustainability, justice and peace - has been central
>development of the Gaia Mind hypothesis, and inter alia, it incorporates a
>General Framework for a Knowledge Economy and Society, that is a critical
>enabling mechanism for transition to a sustainable economic system,
>via the mechanism of full-cost accounting and full-cost markets. Information
>Ecology is based on an appreciation of fundamental properties of information
>and networks that are radically different from properties of the material
>The framework for a global brain, and for an operating system for
>justice and peace incorporates methodologies that I have been developing
>course of my work supporting NGO participation and access to information
>United Nations that are designed to evolve into a set of protocols for
>access to information, public participation in decision making, and access to
>justice, and intended to serve as a set of voluntary protocols for the Aarhus
>Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation In Decision Making,
>and Access to Justice.
>While I have not published much of my approach to the Gaia Mind hypothesis,
>I have a number of brief concept papers on various elements of Information
>Ecology - mostly under the heading of "List-related files and webpages" at
>http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/dpu-pip and a brief introduction to the
>Gaia Mind hypothesis at http://gaia-university.net
>I look forward to the opportunity to participate in the work of the Global
>Brain Study Group.
>Information Habitat: Where Information Lives
---- O------------------------------------------------------------------------> | Cliff Joslyn, Member of the Technical Staff (Cybernetician at Large) | Distributed Knowledge Systems and Modeling Team | Modeling, Algorithms, and Informatics Group (CCS-3) | Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mail Stop B265, Los Alamos NM 87545 USA | firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.c3.lanl.gov/~joslyn (505) 667-9096 V All the world is biscuit-shaped. . .
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