Metavalent Stigmergy

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The Secret Lives of the Brain

"The conscious part is like a stowaway on a trans-atlantic steamship that is taking credit for the whole journey, without acknowledging the engineering underfoot. So, it's like when you have and idea and you say, 'oh, I just thought of something,' it wasn't you who thought of it, your brains been working on that for days or weeks, behind the scenes; churning things, consolidating information, trying things out; [pop!] finally it serves it up to you and you say, 'hey, I'm a genius!' But it wasn't you that thought of it, right?" - David Eagleman, neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.

Oh, oh, now what, 19th century intellectual property status-quo defenders, "Protect IP Act," and SOPA? Neurobiology says you don't even get credit for what you thought was your own ideas! Nope! It's all Open Source, Creative Commons. Sorry about that.

Written on November 21, 2011