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Imagine a supercolony of bees (I'm using bees as a metaphor; they're not really bees) which are the constituents of a massive globe-spanning hive mind. The government wishes to exploit this supercolony for its own use: as a weapon to use against enemy forces, which would be a big help.

There's one problem, however. The bees can't be coordinated very easily with external stimuli. They have to be controlled internally, from the central intelligence of the hive. The government begins the search for a person who can be inducted into the hive.

Why would a human be predisposed to joining a hive mind? Preferably, the answer is simple, science-based, and plausible.

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    $\begingroup$ Simple. Multiple personalities. Like... thousands of them. Too bad the govt will fail to control that human too. :grin: $\endgroup$ Commented May 13, 2020 at 14:07
  • $\begingroup$ People already know how the internet works, and from what modern science and common sense tells us humans are the only creature so far, in the entire universe who can understand the abstract concept of an hive mind. $\endgroup$
    – user75689
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    $\begingroup$ @AdrianColomitchi but MEMES is the DNA of the SOUL!! $\endgroup$
    – Li Jun
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    $\begingroup$ @AdrianColomitchi Hive minds wouldn't necessarily prevent idiotic behavior. Look at the behavior of modern eusocial species like ants, bees, termites, and naked mole rats. These are not happy utopian societies, individuals try and cheat the system all the time. E.g., workers ants will try to lay eggs unless attacked and beaten by other workers. Natural selection will favor individuals who exploit the hive mind at the expense of everyone else unless suppressed (because from a fitness perspective they gain from it more than others do), as it does with every hypersocial species. $\endgroup$ Commented May 13, 2020 at 21:02
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    $\begingroup$ @ProjectApex I was using bees as a real-world comparison to the things in my world, so my apologies for the confusion : ) $\endgroup$
    – pg4919
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 21:51

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He is a weird kid.

He is different, and weird, and crushingly lonely. He was born different and weird but he is still little and so people give him the benefit of the doubt. He wants to connect with others and he tries hard but he cannot make it happen to his satisfaction. He feels isolated and lonely and struggles to communicate this feeling.

His parents thought he might be autistic. He is not. He is something else. His mind craves a closeness and connection that is not possible with human biology - we are each stranded in the lonely island that is our body, calling out to the other islands across the void.

In the hive mind, he finally finds the connection that he craves. And there is much, much more to the planetary hive mind than the government realizes. It is not just bees.

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    $\begingroup$ Dun Dunn Dunnnn... honesty seems like something that could actually happen $\endgroup$
    – Topcode
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 14:49
  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer. It fits in with the plot really well, too. $\endgroup$
    – pg4919
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 15:09
  • $\begingroup$ Turn of the plot: the weird kid learns from the hive mind the govt is evil and turns the "weapon" on it. Unexpected? No, otherwise there's no tension in the plot. $\endgroup$ Commented May 13, 2020 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ Real turn of the plot: kid has larger interests that hopefully are in alignment with those of humankind. When you merge a human with a planetary mind millions of years old, you have created a god. $\endgroup$
    – Willk
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ Real, real turn of the plot: the hive mind is neither entirely good nor entirely bad, and once it's started figuring out humans and politics, it becomes an actor on the world stage, equal with nations, with it's own unique interests. Political maneuverings by all ensue. Except that would be really hard to write well. $\endgroup$
    – Jedediah
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 15:59

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