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As always Mr. Howard Bloom expanded my mind with his great insight, vast knowledge and solid research. After having my reality shattered and reconstructed by his book The Lucifer Principle, The Global Brain was a delightful addition to my world perception and my ever expanding library.
I really don't know what to say about this book. I love the study of complex adaptive systems more than I could ever express. I loved that this author wanted to understand and write about systems, wanted to show the reader how things connect. And, while I truly loved so many aspects of this book, I wanted the author to engage in a bit more critical thinking. He was able to view E. O. Wilson's work from a critical lens. He was able to equally to take on the gene centered illusion of evolution. But, so often, his critical thinking skills were suspended when they were needed. When discussing Lynn Margulis' work (she is one of my favorite scientists), he failed to question some of her less solid ideas. There is a lot of evidence for many things posited by Margulis, a groundbreaking researcher. However, there is less evidence to support many of her ideas taken as a given in this book. Similarly, some of the conclusion the author comes to are well founded. Many of his diversity/conformity arguments were really enjoyable. However, other conclusions were far too ambitious and demonstrated a mind that was swayed by possible magical thinking and less by scientific rigor.