- Robot Chicken
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Living organisms can collectively contribute to higher-level self-aware organisms.
Depending on how we define self-aware life, our society is alive. Just as each cell in your body is alive, yet contributes to a unique living organism called 'you', our societies and governments might be alive. How could we know? How can we validate these are living things - might we be able to communicate with such living organisms? Maybe we already can but we only perceive the response as something reducible to activity by individuals (spokespeople are alive, not the government). This concept is not even limited to collectivity by humans or 'living' organic creatures. Perhaps organizations of intelligent robots could form 'living' organisms at a higher level. Where does God fit into this? Is it possible we create God, even if it is God that is of limited power? If societies or even collective-mind gods are alive, how can we define the boundaries of these living organisms?