Collective Consciousness and its Discontents

Institutional distributed cognition, racial policy, and public health in the United States

  • Rodrick Wallace
  • Mindy T. Fullilove

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 1-14
  3. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 15-23
  4. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 25-58
  5. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 59-84
  6. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 85-128
  7. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 129-156
  8. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 157-161
  9. Rodrick Wallace, Mindy T. Fullilove
    Pages 163-184
  10. Pages 185-201
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 185-205

About this book

Introduction

This book expands a recent mathematical treatment of the Baars model of individual consciousness to an institutional venue in which multiple ‘Global Workspaces’ cooperate, communicate, and compete. The result is an expansion of Dretske’s necessary conditions communications theory approach to high level cognition, having potential applications ranging from the organizational ecology of the firm to the design and analysis of highly parallel or networked autonomic computing systems. The particular example explored in detail, the failure of AIDS control and treatment in the United States, generalizes distributed cognition approaches to medical error and applies them to larger scale patterns of failure in public health, affecting populations rather than individuals. The book is written as a series of nearly independent chapters, and can be read at markedly different mathematical levels.

Keywords

AIDS American Apartheid Bernard Baars Public Health Radiologieinformationssystem cognition consciousness distributed cognition information theory mathematical model

Authors and affiliations

  • Rodrick Wallace
    • 1
  • Mindy T. Fullilove
    • 1
  1. 1.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-76765-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-76764-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-76765-9
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