From oct 2010 my educational posts are published only on Pip

6 juli 2010

Summer thoughts on ants and societies


Lying on the beach, trying to read a magazine, and get distracted by ants, one after each other, walking where ever they want. If they weren't so small they would be unattachable. They are goal achievers, winners, only pure and aggressive violence can kill them. They are kind of the superbeings humans are not. What's the difference?

Ants are social insects. Just as humans they have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. Their success has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Ants divide labour, communicate with each other, and solve complex problems. They form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals.

What if our cities also consisted of millions of sterile females - workers and soldiers, fertile males (drones) and one single fertile female - the queen? Would our society also be superorganisms as we as the ants would operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony?

I'm glad I'm not an ant, don't like them. They have no feelings. On the other hand, they don't have any wars either by that. And no love. They just work and survive.

No thanks.

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