cool cat story.. did you save the cat? if so, were the cats friendlier after that? if not, did you beat them both up? tee hee
Also it seems more like a instinct of survival choice as the ant is scouting for food... and following the chemical pheromones agenda/path set by
previous ants and so, now a conscious choice for the ant would be what did the other ants do who left the chemical path before the ant came upon the
blade of grass.
punctuation would clarify that.
the initial scouting
ant isn't following a trail, some degree of autonomy is required.
...punctuation would've made this ..understandable?
well, i'll take a stab at some of this..
we know about the concept of a hive mind and people often make comparisons to individuality vs collectivism using ants and other social insects. in
the same way we're seeing chemicals used to communicate larger ideas, messages to the individual units, we eventually have to trace this all back to
a source. some kind of intelligence that directs the group at large. someone who wrote the chemical instruction set. you know what i mean? of course
you do, you're all 6 legged and robust members of the ant core..
..anyway about these chems/pheromones and humans, we've established humans don't nearly rely on / are unaware of the use of pheromones / chems (we
call it consciousness and thinking) yet we still often hear about terms such as animal attraction (if you see where i'm going with this..)
..i recall hearing something about kirlian photography explained as revealing information on the internal states (biofeedback), apparently there are
multiple sites on the human body where various chems are released (sweat)
this seems to correspond to what we're seeing in ants, only there seems to be a greater significance on the chemicals themselves and less on what
we're calling reasoning skills, logic, consciousness, etc..
groupthink > chemicals
individuality > consciousness
..well, i got this piece of dung beetle i gotta get back to the larvae, seeya back at the nest.