We have explained the development and use of constructs and we now say that when we talk about The Global Mind, we are talking about a construct.
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We have also briefly explained the procedures used to establish the validity of constructs.
We have elaborated on the development of the construct intelligence and making personality profiles with relevant psychological test batteries. We now say that this personality profile is the mind of the relevant person in the same way that the figure obtained on a thermometer at a particular time is the temperature measured at that particular time.
Similarly we now infer that if a similar or comparable profile can be established in the same way from a computer we have by definition demonstrated the presence of the computers mind and that this mind, when using the same tests as for humans at the time of testing, is similar to the human mind at the time of testing.
If similar results can be obtained from any suitable computer linked to the World Wide Web, and only when it is linked to the WWW, we could only conclude that this was a world wide mind, a Global Mind.
Obviously we are not talking about applying the test battery to a computer programmed to respond to that particular test battery. We are talking about applying the battery in similar conditions as this would be done to humans : without the object being tested having previous knowledge of the tests, in a private situation with verbal and visual interaction with the object being tested.
Of course it must also be true that if the computer can not respond to the test battery in the manner described above, the computer does not have a mind. At least it does not have a mind that can be established by humans on an emphatic basis.
We believe that many people with knowledge of (especially neural) computers will have little doubt that the establishment of a global computer mind in this way will be possible one day and that this may well be in our times.
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