Swarm Intelligence as a Prosthetic Capacity

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Swarm intelligence is the production of generative social space, the agency to “create and open spaces into which existing knowledge can extend, interrelate, coexist, and where new ideas and relationships can emerge prosthetically.” Swarm intelligence is argued to be a liminal, proximal, and distal zone of collective human development wherein memories and experience are made “prosthetic” in both the verb and noun sense of the word—that is, as an adaptive and potentially pedagogical capacity enabling the assimilation of supplemental patterns of behavior and thought, as well as the accommodation of the extant social archaeologies and emerging architectures that might further constitute our identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-545
Number of pages7
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 15 2015


  • critical pedagogy
  • narrative inquiry
  • prosthetic capacity
  • swarm intelligence
  • systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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