Adam Omary suggested and organized a conversation between Roy F. Baumeister and me. Roy is the President of the International Positive Psychology Association and author of the recent books The Self Explained: Why and How We Become Who We Are, The Power of Bad, and The Science of Free Will. Here, we discuss some issues surrounding the origin and nature of collective Selves, and whether the principles we see operating in the scaling of minds in biology might possibly be relevant to higher levels such as societies, economies, etc.
The paper I was referring to: “If materialism is true, the United States is probably conscious” by Eric Schwitzgebel who has some other quite interesting papers and books.
The video of the slime mold navigating its environment, which comes from this paper: