I know I seem to talk a lot on this topic, I can't help myself, as I believe in it so much more all the time as I see things that happen in the world from day to day. I believe that this collective expression of our genetic makeup is a very powerful evolutionary stable strategy that maybe primarily responsible for our survival as a species. We tend to to be generally very altruistic in our nature with this altruism being most obvious the closer we are genetically connected. That is to say we are more altruistic towards our immediate relatives than we are to our neighbors-we are more altruistic towards people of our own culture than we are to other cultures but on the whole we are altruistic towards all other humans in times of crises. Look at the outpouring of emotion worldwide when a country or group of people suffer a natural disaster. By our altruism towards others we are protecting the gene pool. Look at it this way. There are around 6.8 billion human gene sets on the planet, each set is in the form of one person and each of these individual gene sets is able to combine with any other gene set of the opposite sex to enable the successful passing on of our collective consciousness in a slightly varied form increasing our genetic variability exposed to potential selection pressures. Before my idea can be accepted as a reality one needs to look at why other animals don't appear to share share this genetic expression to the extent that we do but still survive. Firstly let us take a look at what we tend to need for our survival. We need communication between each other. We tend to rely heavily on our consciousness for our defense against the physical elements as we do not seem to be as well equipped in other aspects of our phenotypical expression IE we are not endowed with the physical means of coping with temperature excesses the way other animals are. We are very inadequate at efficient water conservation in our biological system. We require to build shelters and to cloth ourselves, our shelters require to be different in different environments of the world hence our collective consciousness gives us the opportunity to enable this to happen. I invite others to give this some thought and to comment if and where you believe my idea is flawed.
As an addition to the above information it should be recognised that every living thing on this planet is distributed in packages of gene sets so as to enhance it's chances of survival under variable natural selection pressures. Therefore each living species can be seen as a kind of 'super organism' made up of all the seperate gene sets. In the case of the human animal, our collective consciousness is a major component of our makeup that enables our survival as a whole, under varying conditions.