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Collective Consciousness and Its Discontents:

Institutional distributed cognition, racial policy, and public health in the United States

Authors: Wallace, Rodrick, Fullilove, Mindy

  • Applies a multiple-workspace version of Dr. Wallace’s earlier consciousness model to large-scale institutional cognition
  • Uses the extended theory to understand recent patterns of interaction between public policy and public health in the U.S.
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This book expands a recent mathematical treatment of the Baars model of individual consciousness to an institutional venue in which multiple ‘Global Workspaces’ cooperate, communicate, and compete. The result is an expansion of Dretske’s necessary conditions communications theory approach to high level cognition, having potential applications ranging from the organizational ecology of the firm to the design and analysis of highly parallel or networked autonomic computing systems. The particular example explored in detail, the failure of AIDS control and treatment in the United States, generalizes distributed cognition approaches to medical error and applies them to larger scale patterns of failure in public health, affecting populations rather than individuals. The book is written as a series of nearly independent chapters, and can be read at markedly different mathematical levels.

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From the reviews:

"This book describes the mathematical analysis of collective consciousness, with a focus on the relation between public policy and public health, specifically AIDS and TB. … The authors do not indicate who their intended audience is, but researchers and individuals interested in public health and racial policy would be appropriate. … presents some very important ideas in public health and racial policy, presenting them in the context of the collective consciousness. The case studies at the end help to bring out the important points." (Gary B Kaniuk, Psy. Doody’s Review Service, March, 2008)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wallace, Rodrick, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Consciousness And Distributed Cognition

    Wallace, Rodrick, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 15-23

  • Formal Theory

    Wallace, Rodrick, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 25-58

  • Pathologies Of Collective Consciousness

    Wallace, Rodrick, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 59-84

  • Disease And Collective Consciousness

    Wallace, Rodrick, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 85-128

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-76765-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-76764-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-4574-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Collective Consciousness and Its Discontents:
Book Subtitle
Institutional distributed cognition, racial policy, and public health in the United States
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-76765-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-76765-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-76764-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4574-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 206
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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