An earlier book by Rodrick Wallace entitled Consciousness: A Mathematical Treatment of the Global Neuronal Workspace Model, introduced a formal information-theoretic approach to individual consciousness. This latest book takes a more formal 'groupoid' perspective to its predecessor and generalizes the results presented in that earlier book. It applies a multiple-workspace version of Dr. Wallace's earlier consciousness model to large-scale institutional cognition.
Consciousness And Distributed Cognition.- Formal Theory.- Pathologies Of Collective Consciousness.- Disease And Collective Consciousness.- The Failure Of Aids Control And Treatment In The Us.- Final Remarks.- Mathematical appendix.- References.
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)
Introduction.- Consciousness and Distributed Cognition.- Formal Theory.- Pathologies of Collective Consciousness.- Disease and Collective Consciousness.- The Failure of AIDS Control and Treatment in the U.S.- Final Remarks.- Mathematical Appendix.- References.