Friday, November 5, 2010
A nest of Temnothorax longispinosus acorn ants.
Source of Photo: http://www.alexanderwild.com/Ants/Taxonomic-List-of-Ant-Genera/Temnothorax/9276106_eJyr6/1/624429380_KWEns#624429380_KWEns-A-LB
There is some fascinating new research regarding ants. In an article entitled,"Ants compete, recruit to identify best colony (w/ Video)",
it is stated that ants use a "collective intelligence" to form a new colony, when their colony has been destroyed or can no longer be used.Professor Stephen Pratt conducted research using a colony of " Temnothorax ants" and found that the “brain” of the colony is distributed throughout the group of workers, and that there is no one ant doing the thinking or making the decisions for all of them." According to a new scientific article, ants " manage to choose and build tightly structured colonies using a group mentality that nearly mimics humans."
How do they do this? Through what’s called collective intelligence.
Please go to the following website and watch a video:
“Ants have to reach a consensus if they want to move the colony to a different location,” said Pratt, an associate professor at the School of Life Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “There are a few key ingredients to how they do this. The main thing is that they have to communicate, and that communication has to say something about how good a site it is.”
"According to Pratt, colonies show strong preferences for important nest attributes and can pick the best of several sites, even when few ants visit more than one site."
"His research shows that the decision emerges from recruitment at each site, organized by a minority of active “scout” ants."
To read more about this new research please visit the following website:
Source of image: http://www.alexanderwild.com.
Help Find Canada's missing children. Please visit: these websites:
Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.