Swarm Savvy

Swarm Savvy

How bees, ants and other animals avoid dumb collective decisions

By Susan Milius, 10:44 AM April 23, 2009

This is a phone conversation, so if Tom Seeley rolls his eyes, that’s his business. He’s a distinguished behavioral biologist, full professor at Cornell University, member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and so on. Yet he takes it pretty well when asked whether honeybees could have had a real estate crisis and crashed their banking system.

Seeley, at least voice-wise, stays polite and treats this as a serious question. Which it is.

Of course honeybees don’t have a banking system, but...

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