Honeybee Democracy

Honeybee Democracy

Thomas D. Seeley


Honeybees make judgements collectively--and democratically. each year, confronted with the life-or-death challenge of selecting and touring to a brand new domestic, honeybees stake every little thing on a technique that incorporates collective fact-finding, lively debate, and consensus development. in reality, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley finds, those brilliant bugs have a lot to coach us by way of collective knowledge and potent selection making. A outstanding and richly illustrated account of clinical discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings jointly, for the 1st time, a long time of Seeley's pioneering study to inform the superb tale of apartment looking and democratic debate one of the honeybees.

within the overdue spring and early summer time, as a bee colony turns into overcrowded, a 3rd of the hive remains in the back of and rears a brand new queen, whereas a swarm of hundreds of thousands departs with the previous queen to supply a daughter colony. Seeley describes how those bees evaluation strength nest websites, put up for sale their discoveries to each other, have interaction in open deliberation, decide on a last web site, and navigate together--as a swirling cloud of bees--to their new domestic. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making equipment of honeybees over thousands of years, and he considers similarities among the ways in which bee swarms and primate brains approach details. He concludes that what works good for bees may also paintings good for individuals: any decision-making team should still include people with shared pursuits and mutual admire, a leader's impact might be minimized, debate might be relied upon, different ideas could be sought, and the bulk might be counted on for a accountable resolution.

a magnificent exploration of animal habit, Honeybee Democracy indicates that decision-making teams, no matter if honeybee or human, should be smarter than even the neatest contributors in them.

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