In 2020, as the global pandemic hit, the concept of “immunity” was one of the key ideas that were explored from multiple perspectives. Not only from Covid, but also from informational wars, fake news, biases, and ideologies.
During that year, Elon Musk introduced Neuralink, a direct interface to the human brain, raising concerns about the need for so-called “mind-viral immunity” or the ability of the human brain to resist informational fads that can be so easily spread through networks.
In this article, published in 2020, I approached this topic from the perspective of network science showing the connection between mind-viral immunity and the structure of our thought. My proposition is to use the analogy of social networks. The more connected we are, the better disease propagates through our networks. The more diversity there is in a social network, the more resilient it will be. If we think in the same way of our ideas, representing them as a concept network, we can also see that highly interconnected structures will proliferate ideology and will be susceptible to “mind viruses”. While the concept networks that are more diverse will tend to be more resilient and resistant to external influence.
I applied this methodology to InfraNodus thinking tool that I’ve been developing since 2018, which now has a sensor of mind-viral immunity.
I published several articles on this approach, which are presented below.
August 2, 2020
Active, Discourse, Framework, Medium, Methodology, Publication, Type, Urgency