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Emergence by Steven Johnson
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Feb 18, 09

Read in February, 2009, read count: 1

Although a few years old, the recent resurgence of "self-organizing groups" or systems rekindled my interest. However, this book was far from fully satisfying. It repeats several interesting analogies until they are no longer interesting, although some of his predictions about where the Web is going were prescient: e.g., he sort of foretold the "emergence" of Wikipedia.

The most useful insight I got out of this was about why we (humans) are so stuck on pattern recognition (the processing speed and parallelism of our CPU) and how it affects how we perceive (poorly) and remember (selectively).

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Mike Redding Ditto, just ordered the book.

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