My big thing is to figure out is what's going on with the new "world mind." I just can't stop thinking about it. It's such a new stage for human evolution. I read a cool article in Discover Magazine called "How Much Does the Internet Weigh," and that got me to thinking that the internet is an entity, rather than not an entity, just something ethereal. Hmmmm. Then another article, from the next (this month's) Discover Magazine: "Map: Welcome to the Blogosphere" which illuminates the connections being formed, strengthened, or let go, in a current analysis of information flow. By jove, if that doesn't look just the way you'd expect brain circuits to look... So are we jumping into a great big brain? Am I a point on a neural network? Last night, I was laughing and laughing because I found another relevant but very zany image: The Whos down in Who-ville, from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss! You probably know the story: an elephant discovers a flower and hears a tiny voice emanating from it. He learns that there's a whole world living within the plant. In the long run, he has to get every single creature from that world to speak up, in order to ensure that world's survival. "Speak up! Every voice must be heard!" is the message. It's told in rollicking Dr. Seuss language, very amusing and fun. "'Mr. Mayor! Mr. Mayor!' Horton called. 'Mr. Mayor! You've got to prove now that you really are there! So call a big meeting. Get everyone out. Make every Who holler! Make every Who shout! Make every Who scream! If you don't, every Who Is going to end up in a Beezle-Nut Stew!'" So now I'm thinking that we're the Whos down in Who-ville! A tiny community within the big world. Does that make Steve the elephant, Horton?! And has he saved us from the Beezle-Nut Stew?! (And then who would be looking down on the flower that holds Steve, saying, "Speak up! Every voice must be heard!"?) I dedicate this post to those who are not yet used to speaking up on Classroom 2.0. Go ahead! You can't be any sillier than this!

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Comment by Peggy Soong Yaplee on June 30, 2007 at 10:41am
I love your comparison. Yes, there are some of us that need to step up and not be such a lurker on this site.


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