Monday, April 13, 2009

Google Collective Consciousness Curiosity Prober

I just "discovered" a new way (to my knowledge) of assessing what kinds of questions individuals are collectively curious about. This provides an intriguing way of probing the current collective consciousness of our society.

To experience this for yourself, type in "does X" in a standard Google search box, where X represents an object or idea of interest. Then examine what is automatically generated by the intelligence horse-power built into the Google search engine.

For example, I typed in the search string "do animals", and the search engine automatically listed: "do animals have souls", "do animals go to heaven", "do animals dream", "do animals cry", "do animals have rights", "do animals have feelings", "do animals feel pain", and "do animals have periods."

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