Collective or Connective Intelligence?

George Siemens, Connectivism Blog, Feb 22, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Following some of the discusssions of the two concepts recently, George Siemens tries his hand at drawing the distinction. And he does pretty well, using an example I - and every other Canadian - have used since childhood: "Essentially, as defined by common use (not the definitions provided above), the collective presents a 'melting pot' of ideas. The connective represents a "mosaic" of ideas." Probably my own deepest exploration of this is my essay My Canada, which concludes with the slogan, "In diversity, harmony." Which should strike a chord with the people who have listened to be try to explain the way Boltzmann mechanisms create connections in neural network. Anyhow, there's a lot more to say on this, and I'm sure this topic will occupy these pages in the future.
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