Honeybee Democracy (by Thomas D. Seeley)
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Honeybees make decisions collectively - and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building.
Animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley shares his impressive exploration of bee behavior. He shows in Honeybee Democracy that decision-making groups can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them. He suggests that this may not only be the case for bees but also for humans.
However, already Greek philosophers have pointed out pitfalls of democracy for longterm well-being of humans and human society. Food for thought: Protected content
Watch the waggle dance ;-) and some stats:
Questions for our discussion:
- When could a group you where in have profited from 'what the bees do’ in a conflict situation?
- Can we really compare animals' instinctive behavior to human behavior?
- What can we learn from the Greek philosophers, recent history and the bees for our own life - at work, at home, in our societies?
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