Deborah Gordon asks in Wired: What Do Ants Know That We Don’t? The answer to this (moot?) question is still anything but clear (though some hypotheses tie in nicely with the swerves I reported in the Content Anthill post), one sentence caught my attention:
I’ve been following a population of 300 harvester ant colonies for more than 25 years
Twenty-five years. 300 colonies. Such dedication. And still, the only thing we know for (more or less) sure is that a single ant is rather dumb.
But, hey, maybe that’s good news after all, and true intelligence might only arise within a group context, which can be internal (thoughts inside your mind) or external, made up of thousands of ants.
Choose your group wisely.