reply to post by Eonnn
I believe that the terminology may be getting in the way of understanding here a tad. I do not think that the people positing this theory are
suggesting that we have a bee or ant like part of our brain, which is responsible for connecting with the wishes of a queen, or any of that sort of
I think what they mean is, that the way society has shaped the growth of the mind over the multitudinous generations of its existence, has lead us
all to occupy certain positions within the relationships we have as people, and that a sort of hive mind has evolved as a pure construct of thoughts
which occur to us entirely in our own minds. An example of this, would be the training that warriors undergo, before being sent into battle.
They train themselves in tactics, so that even if an assault has to be undertaken with a minimum of verbal communication, and perhaps even a breakage
of line of sight, certain things do not need to be explained. Everyone knows where everyone else is going to be when the assault begins, and a certain
level of understanding of the way the scenario might play out, with regard to the ending positions of the rest of ones squad can be assumed, without
anyone confirming these things. It is merely how they are. The same can be said of groups of gamers, who have played together for years, knowing that
while one individual will be capturing an objective, another will be covering a retreat, or casting a spell, or attracting the attention of the most
dangerous opponents, so as to reduce the apparent importance of other team members, who will in reality be doing something important, but doing it as
quietly as possible.
Gamers particularly, have a tendency to be able to do these things without speaking more than a couple of words in a half hour period. I was playing
Borderlands 2 with a friend of mine for a while. We had been working our characters up for about a month, going around doing all the annoying side
missions, and generally messing everyones day up with terror inducing weaponry. This one particular occasion, we entered into an encampment of
bandits, who were present in vast number. Without even speaking, we both drew a bead on separate, high powered goons called Psychos, with rocket
launchers, and pummeled their position, causing splash damage which affected around 90% of the enemy combatants, and killed the two largest enemies
outright, after which, and without any communication between ourselves, we split up, and mopped up the remnants of the bandit force with assault
rifles, and close combat techniques. This was the formula by which we proceeded for the next three hours, before taking a break (we take our days off
seriously... even when we game).
When I come into a room full of people, all playing on the same server (which I hate doing by the way) I feel like I cannot break into their little
worlds. Something holds my tongue from flapping, and my jaws from opening and closing. It is not that I lack confidence or anything (as the time that,
bare chested, I opened my curtains as the morning light came through the window, opened the window itself, and announced to the street in a booming
voice,"WELCOME SHOEBURYNESS, TO MY NIPPLES!" will attest). However, something keeps me from breaking into whatever they are doing together, because
I know that their group activity may rely on every individual pulling togther and working as a team, and more than that, I know that without asking.
How do I know that? Perhaps they do not know how intense the non-communication they are involved in is, but it is there, beyond the readable, beyond
the definable, at least for the moment. I would be very surprised if it did not turn out, that far more of our lives is lived in this way, in these
incredible temporary bubbles of hive like activity, than is currently known of.