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    02 May '11 00:50
    "Fire Ants show collective awareness and computations"

    Closing remark from article, linked below:

    "The researchers created ant rafts containing as many as 12,000 ants. In the wild, where colonies of fire ants can number in the hundreds of thousands, the floating rafts could potentially be much more formidable.
    The research sheds light on how the deeply social insects act together: almost as if they're part of a superorganism, scientists said.
    "Some people almost think of ants as a fluid neural network: the colony itself is performing collective computations, but each ant is unaware of all these options," said Iain Couzin, a biologist at Princeton University in New Jersey, who was not involved in the study. "The individuals acting together create this awareness of the environment that no individual ant has, and that's what I think we find fascinating about these insects."
    Los Angeles Times

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/mystery-of-floating-fire-ants-solved-20110502-1e3r1.html#ixzz1L9SZchma
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    02 May '11 08:41
    Didn't we know that already?
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    02 May '11 16:37
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Didn't we know that already?
    The scientists in the article didn't seem to think so. It may have been theorised before due to their collective behaviour. Its the group "calculations" and adjustments that are most interesting. No one ant knew what the state or flotation balance of the whole was.
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    02 May '11 21:46
    Originally posted by Taoman
    The scientists in the article didn't seem to think so.
    Then they haven't read Gödel, Escher, Bach...

    Richard
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    05 May '11 10:57
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    Then they haven't read Gödel, Escher, Bach...

    Richard
    I am currently reading "I Am a Strange Loop" by Douglas Hofstadter (same author as Gödel, Escher, Bach), and pretty much a rewrite, as he was disappointed with GEB's focus.

    Very fascinating.
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    05 May '11 19:55
    Originally posted by lausey
    I am currently reading "I Am a Strange Loop" by Douglas Hofstadter (same author as Gödel, Escher, Bach), and pretty much a rewrite, as he was disappointed with GEB's focus.

    Very fascinating.
    Ah, but does it feature Aunt Hillary? If so, I will look out for it.

    Richard
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