Could society itself become self-aware? (i.e. develop a consciousness?)
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Posted 2/25/09
First off a clarification of the poll question: I'm not asking if we, as individuals, can become aware of ourselves, but rather if society as a whole can become aware of itself. Herein lies actually two questions:

1) Can the society be regarded as a lifeform, and
2) Can it be intelligent/self-aware?

The fundamental question one might ask is then: What really defines life? How does a society made of people differ from a person made of cells? Another question that might arise is whether or not we'd be able to recognize/conceive the existence of such macrobeings? Communicate?

Hopefully at least a few of you will spend time/has spent time wondering about this and will sit down and give your input in this small thought experiment of mine... please share your thoughts on the topic and not your lack thereof

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Posted 2/25/09
I voted forth option

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Posted 2/25/09
I think just having the discussion in the Extended Discussion section is enough.

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