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e-Sphere: The Rise of the World-Wide Mind


reviewed by Michael Goldhaber — 2002

coverTitle: e-Sphere: The Rise of the World-Wide Mind
Author(s): Joseph N. Pelton
Publisher: Quorum Books,
ISBN: 1567203906 , Pages: 262, Year: 2000
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Educators have special reason to be future-oriented, but knowing enough about what the future might portend to draw any useful conclusions is another matter. The track record of professional futurists (or at least of those who write repeatedly about the future) is not particularly encouraging. The science-fiction writer Arthur C, Clarke is justly celebrated for inventing the notion of communications satellites in geosynchronous orbits in the 1940’s, but he was also the author of the book behind Stanley Kubrick’s famous 1967 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was hardly an accurate prediction for the real 2001. That Clarke wrote the Foreword for e-Sphere should thus not count as too ringing an endorsement. The notion that a "world-wide mind" is emerging could be a provocative subject for a book, whether meaning that computers connected together through the Internet could function as a unified mind, or, more likely, that the mental processes of their users could combine via the same connection to operate as a single transcendent whole. But... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 156-158
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10766, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 8:52:40 AM

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  • Michael Goldhaber
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    Michael Goldhaber is an independent scholar in Oakland ,California, specializing in understanding current societal, technological and intellectual trends, a columnist for Telepolis and a contributor to other publications. He is working on several books related to these interests and has previously published Reinventing Technology: Policies for Democratic Values. His Ph.D. is in theoretical physics. He has taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Arizona, San Francisco State University, and Cornell.
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