Originally an occult concept referring to “a non-physical entity that
arises from the collective thoughts of a distinct group of people”Wikipedia
, it can also be understood as denoting a Meme, focusing on the meme’s point of view and agency in Cultural Evolution.
As a more specific description of a meme, the Concept of the egregore might be a useful Scale-free Abstraction, while egregores themselves might become vehicles of collective Sensemaking:
Can we learn to think with our egregores? … Maybe egregores are … the birth pangs of a new kind of collective intelligence?Brander (2022)
Our task then would be “to construct new social networks that
generate egregores which are friendly toward humans”.ibid.
- Brander (2022), “Thinking together”
- Wikipedia, “Egregore”