Hive Mind

January 23, 2011
(was 02.07.2010)

Many animals, from fish to bees and ants, cannot survive alone. They need to live in groups, and these groups have a kind of collective intelligence. You might say the internet has developed its own "hive mind." In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll tell you how the modern science of complexity is unlocking the secrets of the hive mind. We'll also hear from E.O. Wilson about the marvelous world of ants.

  1. Thomas Seeley on Honey Bees

    Thomas Seeley is a professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University. He talks about the social organization of a bee colony with Steve Paulson.

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  2. Mary Seeley on a Beehive Visit

    Intrepid TTBOOK intern John Pederson visits local bee keeper Mary Seeley as she's setting up some new hives.

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  3. Len Fisher on "Swarm Intelligence"

    Len Fisher talks with Anne Strainchamps about "swarm intelligence" and how it differs from "group think."

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  4. E.O. Wilson on Ants as Superorganism

    E.O. Wilson may know more about ants than anyone else on the planet...

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  5. Jaron Lanier with a Critique of Hive Mind

    Jaron Lanier popularized "virtual reality" in the 80s; he thinks Web 2.0 technology is erasing our sense of our own identity.

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