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Deborah M. Gordon, a biologist at Stanford University says -

"Ants aren't smart - Ant colonies are."

As individuals, ants might be tiny dummies, but as colonies they respond quickly and effectively to their environment. They do it with something called swarm intelligence.

One key to an ant colony, for example, is that no one's in charge. No generals command ant warriors. No managers boss ant workers. The queen plays no role except to lay eggs. Even with half a million ants, a colony functions just fine with no management at all-at least none that we would recognize. It relies instead upon countless interactions between individual ants, each of which is following simple rules of thumb. Scientists describe such a system as self-organizing.

The collective abilities of such animals - none of which grasps the BIG PICTURE but each of which contributes to the group's success - can surely be analagous to the interconnections & the inter-reactions of interconnections of the crowds of peoples - in Hong Kong, Central London, Glasgow & Wembly over the course of the week-end - in no dissimilar way than swarming honey bees, which frequently differ about where to establish a new nest - invariably choose the best site - or "the birds" flocking through the trees of the forest in Psyop's superbly integral artistic animation for high definition MTV - perform with balletic co-ordination.

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Comment by Michael Grove on November 28, 2010 at 10:34
Comment by Michael Grove on March 19, 2011 at 14:23

Widespread among human habits is the perception that we are human beings having a spiritual (consciousness) experience.

We need to turn that perception on its head.

We are beings of consciousness, living in a realm of information and having a material experience – not just a human one, but an experience of participating in the entirety of material creation.

The universe is continually generating fresh knowledge of itself, creating new structure and new relationships. So too are we – embedded in it, and it embedded in us.

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