Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Headless Authorship and Stigmergic Narrativity

Stigmergy is a coordination of simple actions, producing a complex self-organization lacking central control or planning. Typical examples: social insects like ants or termites. An anthill is managed in a complex way, intelligent-like without any intelligence or mind.
Therefore is clearly a paradox to speak of a stigmergic mind: we need to change the concept of stigmergy or the one of mind. Despicably for our understanding of ourselves, we should investigate better what we mean with mind....

Mind is a process of understanding embodied in a brain. What this process understands is an environment of meanings, in which the process is able to tell a sense: this is understanding. Why Artificial Intelligence is doomed to fail? Because it is supposed that there are meanings to be understand and a mind to understand them like two pre-existing entities.

There are no meanings in the world. They are fictional projections designed by a mind to retrieve backwards the emitter of the projections:a mind is chasing the trail of herself and the hunting is called understanding. To some extent and very badly expressed, there are no minds in the world....

The paradox lies in the fact of figuring out a mind out of time (out of his time): a mind without his cultural environment. In the proper environment a mind is built by stories of other minds. The narrativity of other minds triggers the complex cognitive architecture of a human brain to deploy himself. A brain deploys himself narratively and the horizon of events narratively speaking is a mind: the singularity of narration is the author as a limit and horizon of narrativity itself.

If we don't want to change arbitrarily the meanings of our words, then: narratives self organize themselves as an author; a brain accelerated in authorship by narratives will be able to reflect the process. And reflecting itself as the process of narration is what we can call self-consciousness, that is to say, being the one who's there, being there, being a mind. Being-o.

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