My bright idea: Peter Miller on ants

Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 18:28 in Biology & Nature

The author of Smart Swarm believes studying social creatures can give us a better understanding of our own complex systemsGroups always tend to work better than individuals in nature. Ant colonies, beehives, termite mounts, flocks of birds, schools of fish are healthier, smarter and stronger when working in teams, the sum much greater than the parts. Ants, in particular, have become the poster creature for social society, to the extent that their social behaviour is so highly evolved that nothing an ant does makes sense outside of how it serves its colony. They have perfected a life that is more collegiate than anything achieved by humans, and had developed architecture and built farms millions of years before our primate ancestors had even considered walking on two legs. Now scientists are looking at how ants and other creatures that function efficiently in colonies or swarms might help humans better manage complex...

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