Cambrian Beasts And Neolithic Beauties
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Global Brain follows the evolution of individual and mass minds from the multitrillion member collaborations among our first single-celled ancestors to the ten-thousand-strong marches and claw-to-claw showdowns of ancient spiny lobsters. It demonstrates how the first birds of the Jurassic age gathered in flocks and how their descendants were so tightly data-linked that cultural fads could spread hundreds of miles through the avian grapevine in a matter of mere days.
Underpinning Global Brain’s rewrite of the evolutionary saga is a new approach to social theory, one derived not from abstract principles but from observation of the real thing–living communities of all kinds–including the most fascinating of the lot: societies of human minds. Global Brain probes the rise of Stone Age cities thousands of years before Ur and Babylon, and explores how these little-known urban centers
changed the very nature of human identity.
Neolithic Maltese “goddess,” circa 3,000 b.c.
Click photo for “First Came the Mammoth, Then Came Architecture,” a pictorial prehistory of cities from the Ice Age to the Stone Age
It shows how transnational subcultures arose in Greece a hundred years before the glory days of Athens, and how these havens for unconventional men and women transformed the mechanism of collective creativity. Then Global Brain reveals how the sometimes brutal political stances promoted by Pythagoras, Socrates, and Plato still struggle for dominance in the first decade of the 21st century.
Global Brain presents evidence that the shared intelligence of humankind is part of a larger planetary mind, one that combines the learning of microbes, waterfowl, predatory cats, idealists, militants, religionists, and scientists. The book predicts that the great world war of the 21st century will take place between the collective intelligence of humanity and that of a world wide web 96 trillion generations old and billions of years wise-the global Internet between microbial societies.
Finally, Global Brain anticipates some of the creative paths this planet’s team of battlers and borrowers may take during the next hundred and fifty years.
Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Evolution’s End: Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence, says “I have finished Howard Bloom’s two books, The Lucifer Principle and Global Brain, in that order, and am seriously awed, near overwhelmed by the magnitude of what he has done. I never expected to see, in any form, from any sector, such an accomplishment. I doubt there is a stronger intellect than Bloom’s on the planet.”