World Brain / World Mind Workshop


The following program is tentative and subject to change.

Session I
Alan MacDonald

9:00 - 9:30
Why the World Brain/World Mind?

(a rationale), and the Workshop objectives.
Notes: Abraham Goodman

Including questions, responses and discussion.

Session II
A Conceptual Overview
The Nature and Objectives of the World Brain/World Mind
Chair : Alan Mayne

9:30 - 10:15
A Meta-cluster and dual concept.

Presenter: Gottfried Mayer-Kress

B Objectives
Presenter: Glynn Harmon + Goodman notes

Including questions, responses and discussion.

Session III
World Brain/World Mind Proposed Decentralized/Distributed Functional/Operational Co-ordinates.

Chair: Parker Rossman

A The Configuration of the Entities.
Notes & Diagrams: Abraham Goodman

10:15 - 10:25
B Their Common Features.
Notes: Abraham Goodman

10:25 - 11:00
C Their Individual Features

Their nature, function, status (desirability and feasibility) and their implementation status.

C-1 The world Intellectual Heritage Repository System and Its Sub-Systems:
Alan MacDonald

  • The World Multimedia Library and Hypermedia Bibliographic/Mediagraphic System.
    Presenter: Glynn Harmon
  • The World Archival System.
    Presenter: W. Boyd Rayward
  • The World Museum System.
    Presenter: W. Boyd Rayward
  • A number of other international professional information systems.
    Notes: Abraham Goodman
  • Including questions, responses and discussion.

    11:00 - noon
    C Their Individual Features:

    C-2 The World Hypermedia Encyclopedia System:
    Chair: Alan Mayne
    Presenter: Jan Wyllie

  • Hypermediacules
    Notes: Abraham Goodman
  • The World "State of the Art" Statement System.
    Chair: Peter Krueger
    Presenter: Parker Rossman
  • The AAAS Current Clinical Trials Medical System.
    Chair: Alan MacDonald
    Presenter: J. H. Cole + Goodman notes
  • The World "Research in Progress" (planned, completed or abandoned) Reporting and Dissemination System.
    Notes: Abraham Goodman
  • Including questions, responses and discussion.

    Noon - 13:00 Lunch

    13:00 - 13:45
    C Their Individual Features

    C-3 The World Hypermedia Educational Consultancy System:
    Chair: Ian Winchester

  • The World Student and Faculty Exchange System.
    Notes: Abraham Goodman notes
  • The World Computer-Assisted Learning/Instruction and Personalized/Individualized Learning Consultancy.
    Chair: Brian Gaines
    Presenter: Gottfried Mayer-Kress+ Michael Arbib's paper + Goodman notes.
  • The World University, Distance Education, and Continuing Education Consultancy and Network.
    Chair: Thomas Keenan
    Presenter: Parker Rossman, Joseph Pelton's video-tape, Roy Lundin's paper
  • The Informed Citizenry and World Citizenship Consultancy.
    Chair: Abraham Goodman
    Presenters: Gottfried Mayer-Kress, Alan Mayne
  • Including questions, responses and discussion.

    13:45 - 14:15
    C Their Individual Features:

    C-4 The World Intellectual Rights and Freedom Enhancement and Protection Agency:
    Chair: Abraham Goodman

  • Copyright, Patent, Trademark and Royalty Protection.
    Presenter: Alan MacDonald
  • Intellectual Freedom Protection - the right to know and tell.
    Presenter: Alan MacDonald
  • Privacy Protection.
    Presenter: Thomas Keenan
  • Including questions, responses and discussion.

    14:15 - 15:00
    C Their Individual Features:

    C-5 The World Artificial Interactive Neural Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom Distribution and Communication System/Network:
    Chair: Parker Rossman
    Presenters: Brian Gaines, Francis Horber, Stephan Schwarz, Gottfried Mayer-Kress + Joseph Pelton's video-tape.

    C-6 World Information...Overload, Reduction Consultancy:
    Notes: Abraham Goodman

    C-7 World Information...Gap Reduction Consultancy between the Information Rich and the Information Poor.
    Notes: Abraham Goodman

    Including questions, responses and discussion.

    15:00 - 15:15 Recess.

    15:15 - 16:15
    C Their Individual Features:

    C-8 The World Brain and World Mind Organisms:
    Chair: Parker Rossman
    Presenters: Gottfried Mayer-Kress, Francis Horber, Glynn Harmon + Michael Arbib's paper.

  • The possible distinction between them, and, the analogy between them and the individual human brain and mind.
  • The World Brain as the monitor and co-ordinator of the entire system - its integrator, its developer of standards, and evaluator of the quality of its services.
  • The World Mind - the system's moral and ethical determinant; its objectives, its "watchdog" and revisor functions, and, its mandate to aid in the orchestration of cultural diversities.
  • Including questions, responses and discussion.

    16:15 - 17:00
    Session IV
    A Brief History of the Overarching Concept, Its Component Parts, and the Names of the Principal Contributors to All of the Foregoing.

    Chair: Alan Mayne
    Presenters: Ivars Peterson, W. Boyd Rayward, Glynn Harmon + Goodman paper.

    17:00 - 18:30 Dinner

    18:30 - 19:15
    Session V
    Problems, Issues and Challenges:
    Glynn Harmon

    Those already encountered and/or likely to be encountered as well as probable trends with respect to implementation.
    Notes: Abraham Goodman + open session discussion.

    19:15 - 21:00
    Session VI
    Suggested Strategies and Tactics:

    Chair: Peter Krueger
    Presenters: Francis Horber, Abraham Goodman

    19:15 - 20:15
    A Where could and should we be at and how do we get there?

    Proactive/affirmative conjoint action - plans and proposals involving individuals and groups + open session discussion.

    20:15 - 21:00
    B Conclusion

    decision-making regarding the above.

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