Neuroethics 14 (2):253-267 (2020)

John Danaher
University College, Galway
Steve Petersen
Niagara University
The idea that humans should abandon their individuality and use technology to bind themselves together into hivemind societies seems both farfetched and frightening – something that is redolent of the worst dystopias from science fiction. In this article, we argue that these common reactions to the ideal of a hivemind society are mistaken. The idea that humans could form hiveminds is sufficiently plausible for its axiological consequences to be taken seriously. Furthermore, far from being a dystopian nightmare, the hivemind society could be desirable and could enable a form of sentient flourishing. Consequently, we should not be so quick to deny it. We provide two arguments in support of this claim – the axiological openness argument and the desirability argument – and then defend it against three major objections.
Keywords Hivemind  Personal Identity  Cyborg  Autonomy  Individualism  Collectivism
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DOI 10.1007/s12152-020-09451-7
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