Slip 1.5A2a - For the criticism of the group mind myth in particular cf. LaPiere, p. 4-7:
S.4: "This concept can be soonly stated as a belief that, from the interaction of people in social groups, there arises a collective ethos - variously termed mind, spirit, or soul. This mind is supposed to be the directive force of collective activities. To express it otherwise: when men interact collectively, they are thought to lose their identities as individuals and to merge into the whole, the spirit or force of which then determines the behavior of the individual members.
The concept of the group mind is nicely calculated to provide philosophical justifications for any kind of collective behavior which the particular philosopher happens to approve. Since it is the ‘mind’ of the