Humans anthropomorphize and tend to recognize intelligence similar to their own. They might not recognize intelligence distributed among members of collective, in the same way neurons in a brain cannot recognize inputs from their neighbors as intelligence and in the same way humans cannot recognize the distributed intelligence of humanity and higher forms of order without social tools such as journalism to reveal the new patterns. In this case, cockroaches form egalitarian conclaves unlike hierarchies of bees and ants. Swarming appears adapted to let them survive by clustering into survivable swarms. Think about it. Roaches eaten or otherwise killed no longer attract other members. Surviving roaches attract others, and the swarm evolves and perhaps breeds.
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