The Emerging Scholarly Brain

  • Michael J. Kurtz
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 1)


It is now a commonplace observation that human society is becoming a coherent super-organism, and that the information infrastructure forms its emerging brain. Perhaps, as the underlying technologies are likely to become billions of times more powerful than those we have today, we could say that we are now building the lizard brain for the future organism.


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These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



This essay is dedicated to the memory of two extraordinary scientists who showed me great kindness. Peter Ossorio’s work continues to inspire me in several ways. Jim Gray’s (2007) fourth Paradigm is the clearest exposition of how the new science will actually function.

Also Andre Heck has, through the years, provided me, and many others, with venues to discuss the deeper meaning of some current trends. The references to this paper alone list several.

The ADS is funded by NASA Grant NNX09AB39G.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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