a group of hikers might run from a swarm of hornets instinctively, but NOT collectively.<quoted text>You can't! We all have the same instincts and emotions yes we use them at different times because of circumstance,but on a daily basis thousands perhaps millions do exactly the same thing. Collectively!!!!
...going by your above post, I don't think there's any such thing as collective consciousness, in that, if it isn't universal, it isn't collective, and if it's instinctual, it isn't consciousness.