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[–] Naught405 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

An independent entity with collective intelligence might be better phrasing. The humans in the collective are making decisions based on the interests and needs of the entity (institution, company, whatever) that may be against their own interests or morality at some level. Companies do many things that are against the interests of humans and they last much longer than any individual element. They are absolutely ruthless in attempting to survive and they reward or punish the individual elements (the humans that work for it) based on their effects to its health. Very few companies manifest the will of the progenitor for more than a very short time after that single mind that can actually control them is gone or loses sole power.