Collective intelligence as characterized by Tom Atlee, Douglas Engelbart, Cliff Joslyn, Ron Dembo, and other theorists, is that which overcomes "Group-Think" and individual Cognitive Bias in order to allow a relatively large number of people to cooperate in one process - leading to reliable action. In this context, it refers to a very rigorous consensus Decision Making, and may properly be considered a subfield of sociology. http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_intelligence
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listing 8 forms of CI