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When Ants Get Together to Make a Decision

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:20 PM

When ants are confronted with information overload and face too many decisions -- about where to live, for instance -- they revert to the wisdom of the crowd.

Despite having a brain smaller than the point of a pin, one ant species uses an elaborate system of sending out scouts to look for new homes. The scouts report back, and then the whole colony votes, according to researchers at Arizona State University.

http://www.livescien...a-decision.html

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 07 November 2012 - 02:20 PM, said:

When ants are confronted with information overload and face too many decisions -- about where to live, for instance -- they revert to the wisdom of the crowd.

Despite having a brain smaller than the point of a pin, one ant species uses an elaborate system of sending out scouts to look for new homes. The scouts report back, and then the whole colony votes, according to researchers at Arizona State University.

http://www.livescien...a-decision.html

They're fairly intelligent, but easy to trick, much like the average human. Feed them Amdro, and they eat it up, even though it kills the whole colony after a while. Much like propaganda in a sense.


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

Ants are truly amazing creatures.
There's an excellent documentary about Ed Wilson, who is credited with discovering that ants communicate using scent chemicals.
He has spent his entire career studying them.

Search for "Lord of the Ants" on Youtube.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:10 AM

I wish they stop making the decision to invade my space.






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