Monthly Archives: May 2014

Social Creativity as a function of Agent Cognition and Network Properties

Inventions – concepts, devices, procedures – are often created by networks of interacting agents in which the agents can be individuals (as in a scientific discipline) or they can themselves be collectives (as in firms interacting in a market). Different … Continue reading

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General Theory of Stigmergy: Modelling Stigma Semantics

Stigmergy is a biological term used when discussing a sub-set of insect swarm-behaviour describing the apparent organisation seen during their activities. Stigmergy describes a communication mechanism based on environment-mediated signals which trigger responses among the insects. This phenomenon is demonstrated … Continue reading

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Applying Adaptive Swarm Intelligence Technology with Structuration in Web-based Collaborative Learning

One of the key challenges in the promotion of web-based learning is the development of effective collaborative learning environments. We posit that the structuration process strongly influences the effectiveness of technology used in web-based collaborative learning activities. In this paper, … Continue reading

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Stigmergic Epistemology, Stigmergic Cognition

To know is to cognize, to cognize is to be a culturally bounded, rationality-bounded and environmentally located agent. Knowledge and cognition are thus dual aspects of human sociality. If social epistemology has the formation, acquisition, mediation, transmission and dissemination of … Continue reading

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Swarm Intelligence in Humans: Diversity can trump Ability

We identify some of the possibilities and limitations of human swarm intelligence (SI) using the response of the public to two types of cognitive problems. Furthermore, we propose a simple measure for the quantification of collective information that could form … Continue reading

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Generativi di tutto il Mondo, Unitevi! Manifesto per la Società dei Liberi

Il mondo è ammalato a causa della nostra libertà. Abbiamo ottenuto il potere e siamo diventati vittime della nostra potenza. Da liberi tutti uguali, finalmente disinibiti, perennemente in evoluzione abbiamo imparato il movimento dell‘incorporazione. Del consumo e del dominio del … Continue reading

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Safe Schools, Staff Development, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Zero-tolerance policies have created schools that are often intolerant and destructive to children and communities. High rates of suspension and expulsion of students are associated with negative outcomes and school dropout. New approaches to staff development that create positive school … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Gig Economy

Growing numbers of Americans no longer hold a regular “job” with a long-term connection to a particular business. Instead, they work “gigs” where they are employed on a particular task or for a defined time, with little more connection to … Continue reading

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Exposure to Outgroup Members Criticizing their Own Group Facilitates Intergroup Openness

A major barrier to conflict resolution is group members’ tendency to hold on to the ingroup’s narrative of the conflict and reject the outgroup’s perspective. In the current research, we propose that voicing internal criticism to an outgroup crowd can … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Culture, Health Conceptions and Health Practices

This study investigated cultural variations in health conceptions and practices using a quasi experimental design. A total of 60 participants, recruited from three cultural groups in Canada, were individually interviewed between the fall of 2009 and the fall of 2010. … Continue reading

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