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the group mind
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9/9/2014 7:42:40 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I've been thinking a lot lately about this habit we have of considering thinking in terms of individual units - I mean, people. When clearly, although people are physically discrete units, we don't think in that way. Thinking is a group activity.
We don't have thoughts except those that we've heard - our memories and expectations are shaped by the way we've learned to think, which has been through interactions with others.
I've heard some people argue that consciousness evolved in order to communicate, but that leads to the question of why we need to communicate. Most communication is gossip, bonding and displays of status or identity - in other words, it is almost entirely about group cohesion, which makes me think that consciousness is a tool of group cohesion.
I was wondering if anybody had any thought about this.