I think our ego is a remnant of non-social genetics.
Cats are less social than species that're defined by their social-ability.
Ants and bees and termites and dogs and dolphins are examples of social species.
It makes sense that the more social we're, the more apt we'll be to sacrifice ourselves for our society. When a creature is very social, it's the
strength of society, not the individual. A social creature will naturally connect to its society like a tool or piece of something much larger.
Society is a gestalt. It's the sum total of all the people who're members.
However, I just read that ants in highly social colonies tend to be less complex than ants in more primitive social colonies. The highly social ants
had a higher metabolic rate.
I don't know 100% whether social creatures are better than non-social creatures. I suspect that social creatures are more logical for survival, but
I'm not certain. Need more knowledge.
It makes sense that a species will survive better if its members work together? If they work together then they need a form of communication, right?
This means they're somewhat social.
But what happens when most of the individual makeup is removed? It makes me think of the Borg in Star Trek. Each member resembled a sensory/mechanical
arm of the central computer. One thing that Star Trek never really answered was how was that bad survival-wise? Sure, the Borg were indifferent to
emotions and expanded (reproduced) by forcefully assimilating others, but it never really showed how this would lead to their extinction. It does give
the impression that they fail to adapt and instead force themselves on the universe, but it mostly just appealed to emotions and not logic.
One thing I can think of is that separation in time/space forces individuals to have some self-autonomy. So even the Borg will need some individual
discretion because they cannot communicate with the central computer instantaneously. So Borg ships that're too far apart to fully control all of
their drones with one central computer will have to have two separate central computers. And what happens when a Borg drone is seperated from the
Perhaps there's a balance between individual and society, for purposes of survival. This balance is influenced by various physics like conservation of
energy and different physical laws.
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