Order from Disorder

The show RadioLab on WNYC examines the strange behavior of ants and the ability of the colony to make seemingly intelligent collective decisions, RadioLab, episode “Emergence“.

Researchers from many different fields have started to look at the ability of animals to naturally form a consensus, Utne.

Bees, ants, locusts and plenty of other animals collectively make life-or-death choices. The biologists studying animal groups are finding strange lab fellows these days in economists, social scientists, even money market specialists. They are trading tales of humans and of nonhuman animals to understand collective behavior and what makes it go right or wrong, “Swarm Savvy“, Science News.

Web comic xkcd’s take on the intelligence of ants, xkcd.

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