Natures wonders: ant foraging mimics TCP (Introduction)

by dhw, Sunday, May 08, 2016, 13:13 (1389 days ago) @ David Turell

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.

DAVID: 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.

No. I am suggesting the young are taught by the old. I have found a short but revealing video: Section 6 concerns how ants teach their young.

Top 10 Awesome Facts You Didn't Know About Ants - YouTube

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