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Peter Watts
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Peter Watts is a Canadian science-fiction author and former marine biologist. His latest novel is Echopraxia (2014).

Written by Peter Watts

Essay/
Consciousness and altered states
Hive consciousness

New research puts us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?

Peter Watts