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Stephen Downes

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I want to say something like 'this paper describes a core tenet in connectivism' although of course we never conceived of it in anything like the richness and detail collective intelligence across 'scales and substrates' described here. This, in particular, is crucial: "collective intelligence is not only the province of groups of animals, and... an important symmetry exists between the behavioral science of swarms and the competencies of cells and other biological systems at different scales." The way networks work is tied up in the way evolution works, and these are tied up in how we describe learning and cognition generally. Or - how we should describe learning and cognition (as most people still labour under the mythology of folk-psychological information processing types of pictures such as 'executive function' and 'cognitive load' theories).

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