Emergence of a Global Brain: For and from World Governance

9 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2005

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Shann Turnbull

International Institute for Self-Governance; Sustainable Money Working Group; New Garden City Alliance

Date Written: May 2003


This paper posits that the conditions precedent for some sort of global brain like phenomena emerging depends upon the governance system found in nature spreading in society around the World. This proposition is based on nature producing new emergent properties as its builds upon its own complexity. The new properties emerging for and from World governance as it obtain requisite complexity to match the increasing complexity of society. The architecture of complexity in nature is based on communication and control networks that form almost self-governing "sub-assemblies" or "viable systems" described as "holons". Throughout the universe, complexity is built up from hierarchies of holons with new emergent properties arising at each higher level. In this way the increasing complexity of society could result in creating the conditions precedent for the emergence of the mind of Gaia.

Keywords: Bounded rationality, Cybernetics, Emergence, Governance, Information, Holarchy, Holons, Mondragon, Organisational architecture, Science of governance, Self-governance

JEL Classification: B59, D70, G39, L16

Suggested Citation

Turnbull, Shann, Emergence of a Global Brain: For and from World Governance (May 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=637401 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.637401

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