Co-author along with E.O. Wilson of "Superorganism," and a renowned expert on the biology of cooperation, Bert Hölldobler explains that "ants don't fight wars for war's sake" in the lastest "IdeaFestival Conversation."
A "superorganism" is a group of individuals - ants, bees and the naked mole rat, for example - in which the members are so tightly united a nd organized that they collectively develop traits commonly found in ordinary organisms. Reproduction and defense, for example, are done by specific members of the society.
As an example of "distributed intelligence," these societies are extensively studied.
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