Natures wonders: ants take reasonable detours (Introduction)

by dhw, Monday, May 21, 2018, 14:16 (643 days ago) @ David Turell

QUOTE: "Moreover, the JMU scientists were surprised that the decision which way to take is made by individual ants and not collectively. "We have thus provided the first proof of time optimized path integration by individuals in the ant kingdom," says Frank who is currently conducting postdoc research at the University of Lausanne."

DAVID’s comment: Once again, as in ant bridge construction, it is done by individual ant choices or responses. The evidence does not show group think.

It shows that individual ants are intelligent. Ant bridge construction, like the construction of an ant city, requires the cooperation of the whole community. As in human society, some actions are individual (individual think) and some actions are communal (group think). All these actions confirm the autonomous intelligence of the organisms involved.

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