Global Brain ( 1 )

" Is it a fact—or have I dreamt it—that by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with intelligence: or shall we say it is itself a thought, nothing but thought, and no longer the substance which we dreamed it. "

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne, 
_The House of the Seven Gables_
( 01851 )