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MacrocognitionA Theory of Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality$
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Bryce Huebner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926275.001.0001

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Missteps on the Road Toward Macrocognition

Missteps on the Road Toward Macrocognition

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(p.18) 2 Missteps on the Road Toward Macrocognition
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Macrocognition
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Bryce Huebner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926275.003.0002

This chapter discusses two cases where the informational architecture of a distributed system yields robust patterns of collective behavior, but where we have no good reason to posit a unified cognitive system: the architecture of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the organization of termite colonies. In light of these cases, it is argued that the intentional stance offers an entry point into questions about collective mentality, but that a plausible defence of collective mentality must address difficult questions about the implementation of mentality.

Keywords:   Collective intentionality, Psychological explanation, Intentional stance, Functionalism

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