At the end of More Than Human, is Hip still a necessary part of Gerry's gestalt?

Yes, the end of More Than Human, Hip is still a necessary part of Gerry’s gestalt. He is like its conscience, and his role allows the gestalt to evolve into Homo Gestalt.

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As you might already know from having read the book, the gestalt is produced by the eccentric individuals who come together to create the life form.

Gerry is a part of the gestalt. Yet his presence puts the fate of the gestalt in jeopardy. Maybe if the gestalt wasn’t so...

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As you might already know from having read the book, the gestalt is produced by the eccentric individuals who come together to create the life form.

Gerry is a part of the gestalt. Yet his presence puts the fate of the gestalt in jeopardy. Maybe if the gestalt wasn’t so powerful, this wouldn’t be such a big deal. Yet the welfare of the gestalt seems to be connected to the welfare of the general world. With Gerry as the leader, neither the world nor the gestalt is in great shape. Gerry, as you might remember, is not the virtuous part of the life force. He commits murder. He’s also cruel. As you might recall, he sabotages Hip’s discovery of an antigravity device.

Yet by the end of the book, Hip has Gerry under his sway. He provides Gerry with some rather heady philosophy. He says the gestalt doesn’t need morals. Morals are for individuals. What the gestalt needs is ethics. Ethics are for communities. The gestalt is like a community.

After a stint as a prisoner in a mansion and some strategic telepathy on Hip’s part, Hip, to finally answer your question, becomes a member of the gestalt.

Now, it’s not just a gestalt, it’s a “Homo Gestalt.” With Hip’s crucial presence, the gestalt has a conscience, values, or, as the new gestalt’s name suggests, humanity.

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