Metaman : the merging of humans and machines into a global superorganism / Gregory Stock.

In this visionary book, Gregory Stock gives us a new way of understanding our world and our future. He develops the provocative thesis that human society has become an immense living being - a global superorganism in which we humans, knitted together by our modern technology and communication, are l...

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Main Author: Stock, Gregory.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1993]
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504 |a Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-349) and index. 
505 0 |a Pt I : The Nature of Metaman -- 1. Plaentary Superoranism : Glimpses of a Promising Future -- 2. The Birth of Metaman : Extending Life's Patterns -- 3. A Fusion of Technology and Biology : The Nonhuman Constituents of Metaman -- 4. Inner Workings Explored : Physiology of the Superorganism -- 5. The Mind of Metaman : An Evolving Global Brain -- 6. The Foundation for Our Future : Accelerating Toward Global Union -- 7. Rites of Passage : Perspectives on Global Concerns -- 8. Man and Metaman : The Individual and the Superorganism. 
505 0 |a Pt II : The Future -- 9. Beyond Homo sapiens : Intimations of Humanity -- 10. Environmental Transformations : The Changing Nature of Nature -- 11. The Trajectory of Social Change : A Story of Rising Expectations -- 12. Power and Choice : Challenges to Human Values. 
505 0 |a Pt III : A New Vision -- 13. Darwin Extended : The Evolution of Evolution -- 14. A New Mythology : Metaman and Our Quest for Meaning. 
520 |a In this visionary book, Gregory Stock gives us a new way of understanding our world and our future. He develops the provocative thesis that human society has become an immense living being - a global superorganism in which we humans, knitted together by our modern technology and communication, are like the cells in an animal's body. Drawing on impressive research, Stock shows this newly formed superorganism to be more than metaphor; it is an actual living creature, which he has named "Metaman," meaning "beyond and transcending humans." This name acknowledges humanity's key role in the superorganism but also stresses that Metaman is more than humanity alone. Our increasing reliance on new technologies has joined us inextricably to our technology, while at the same time it has bound humanity together. The examples are all around us: our medical equipment and drugs, high-yield crop strains, superhighways, power and telecommunications networks. All these are part of Metaman. The implications of the new global culture and economy, the evolution of machine intelligence, and the advent of genetic engineering are vast. Through Metaman, life on earth is entering a new phase in its evolution, says Stock. Understanding Metaman tells us that the environmental problems of today are not carrying humanity toward destruction; that war between major powers is unlikely ever to occur again; that technology is not in conflict with the "natural" realm but is an extension of it; and that the very nature of human existence is being redefined, to our benefit. Metaman offers a profoundly hopeful vision of humanity's future. Stock doesn't ignore present-day problems but examines them from a completely new perspective, convincingly arguing that these are flee "birth pains" of Metaman. This is one of those rare books that can change the way we look at ourselves. 
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