Central vs Distributed Decisions

The octopus is my favorite animal.[1] Did you know that most of its neurons are in its arms? It has a distributed central nervous system. Parts of the octopus can respond to local stimuli, without coordinating.

Maybe our organizations should be more like octopi, and less like the central decision-making organism we perceive ourselves to be. It’s a lot more realistic, and responsive, than trying to simulate a centralized, unitary brain.

On humans and octopi: http://www.scilogs.com/a_mad_hemorrhage/man-versus-octopus/


[1] For thirty years my favorite animal has been the armadillo, but sorry armadillos, octopi are far more fascinating.