Sunday, September 29, 2019
"The Billion Ant Mega Colony and the Biggest War on Earth": true solidarity
Kurzgesagt in a Nutshell (and “Curiosity Stream”) presents in animation “The Billion Ant Mega Colony and the Biggest War on Earth”.
The Argentine ant is very small but extremely fecund, with one queen for about every 120 workers.
Over time, genetic diversity causes new argentine colonies to compete with or “lowball” the old ones. This has an important parallel for human society ("scabs").
But in some environments they don’t have enough competition and tend to produce supercolonies, which are rather like "nations".
This video certain gives some credence to the idea of the group or colonial mind, solidarity and authoritarianism to the extreme.