Natures wonders: ant foraging mimics TCP (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Saturday, May 07, 2016, 15:22 (1433 days ago) @ dhw

dhw: And it seems to me perfectly possible that they developed the original algorithms as well. Or did/does God have to put every algorithm into their heads?

DAVID: It is still the issue of how do instincts develop and enter DNA for future reference?

dhw: I don't know where we draw the line between learned behaviour and instinct.... if I need to go hunting, I will have to be taught what to do. I would suggest that the ants' foraging is more like learned behaviour than instinct, and we know how well ants communicate.

Are the new-born foragers told go find food like the stuff you've been eating? I don't think they learn on the job; not efficient for the nest. I'm still with instinct.

dhw: If you can tell us exactly how DNA stores experiences, memories and information and then passes them on to future generations, you will certainly beat me to that Nobel Prize!

I'd rather both of us do it together, and take the trip to Stockholm as a team. I'll bring Susan.

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