More From Emergence By Steven Johnson

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Consilient Interest

I had put this book down for a couple of days and I had the opportunity to get back to it. I am on chapter 3 and came across some fascinating knowledge about learning.

On page 103:

Learning is not always contingent on consciousness.”

I will be perfectly honest, I had never even considered this statement and I will have to mull this over for awhile.

Another quote from page 103 about learning:

“The body learns without consciousness, and so do cities, because learning is not just about being aware of information; it’s also about storing information and knowing where to find it. It’s about being able to recognize and respond to changing patterns —the way Oliver Selfridge‘s Pandemonium software does or Deborah Gordon‘s harvester ants. It’s about altering a system’s behavior in response to those patterns in ways that make the system more successful at…

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