a collective intelligence composed of individual intelligences combined into a larger whole; hive mind n.
The Martians, it should be noted, had three possible forms, or formations, namely: first, an ‘open order’ of independent and very tenuous cloudlets in ‘telepathic’ communication, and often in strict unity as a group mind; second, a more concentrated and less vulnerable corporate cloud; and third, an extremely concentrated and formidable cloud-jelly.
Long ago, Alarkane had written a book trying to prove that eventually all intelligent races would sacrifice individual consciousness and that one day only group-minds would remain in the Universe.
And, I take it, the group mind, so to speak, of the group consciousness is much stronger than an individual mind, just as a muscle is much stronger than an individual muscle cell.
Chan was within the Bahram group mind; but this time, for the first time, he retained some elements of individual consciousness.
For the innocent in our torture chamber, the experience is one of confusion and injustice. For the stoic, it is a mere distraction from his contemplations. The revolutionary finds a means to an end, the sadomasochist pleasure, the spy the price of doing business, the double-agent a sense of getting the job done. The same limbs are twisted in the same ways, but the experiences being fed to the collective are all different. And what is modifying the inputs to the collective but the collective itself, through those extensions of itself resident in the access units? The group mind is reinforcing itself, memory telling mind what to remember.
When they join together in an eightfold group-mind, a higher consciousness submerges their individual identities.
So what happens if the entire Earth links up and we deal with a group mind? Why should that increase their need for resources?
He was not inclined to encourage it to change its groupmind.
But their group mind hooked up with the Tauran group mind, and the Taurans said absolutely no. It was too dangerous—not to us, but to them.
The back story informs us that…the obsessively tidy group-mind lifeforms known as Auditors…began to meddle in human affairs.
They held me for four hours, Ukiah, and not once did any of them give a glimmer of having a soul. You saw how they were, human-shaped appendages for Hex, a group mind working as one spread-out body. They don’t have names anymore. The one or two we've managed to capture understood the concept, but refused to apply it to themselves.
Olaf Stapledon, "Last and First Men"
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