Group Mind

In Byron Kaldis (ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Sage Publications. pp. 401-04 (2013)

Authors
Robert A. Wilson
La Trobe University
Georg Theiner
Villanova University
Abstract
Talk of group minds has arisen in a number of distinct traditions, such as in sociological thinking about the “madness of crowds” in the 19th-century, and more recently in making sense of the collective intelligence of social insects, such as bees and ants. Here we provide an analytic framework for understanding a range of contemporary appeals to group minds and cognate notions, such as collective agency, shared intentionality, socially distributed cognition, transactive memory systems, and group-level cognitive adaptations.
Keywords group mind  group cognition  collective intentionality  collective memory  emergence  collectivism  plural subjects  extended mind
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