posted on Sep, 27 2012 @ 09:04 AM
This is so fascinating. As a child I loved to study ants and I dearly wish I had followed my heart and studied to become an entomologist instead of
letting my parents push me kicking and screaming into majoring in business despite the fact I was paying for my education, not them. Ahh well, my
fault for not being as strong willed and resourceful as a slave ant, the little buggers put me to shame.
They have such complex lives even as individuals, and I have seen individual specimens show remarkable problem solving abilities that far exceed what
one would expect of something with such a tiny brain. They build cities, conduct complex warfare, enslave each other and other kinds of insects, and
even farm livestock bugs (aphids) and vegetables (fungus).
And right now, they even have an Occupy movement going on in my kitchen cupboard.
Edit to add...I just thought of something that has struck me time and time again in my interactions with ants. I have noticed that they structure a
lot of their activity around the chemicals they exude outside their bodies. Not only do they communicate with one another via chemical trails, but
they seem to encode messages for themselves to follow. Also it seems other ants add their own information by adding their own chemicals to the
trails. I wonder if unlike us, some of their brain processing is supplemented by these external chemical reactions. We have all of our brain function
and chemical interactions taking place internally. But for an ant, I wonder if the chemicals laying out undergo changes over time, that give the ant
additional information and decision making functions that it picks up when it returns to the chemicals later.
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SheeplFlavoredAgain because: (no reason given)