How is human society different from ant society?


by Kaique Rocha

Humans have formed a group of many fellows, inherited the past history, and developed society. A journalist, Brian Appleyard, has put together a study that combines such human activities with Ali's society.

Mankind's inner ant: why humans swarm together
https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/20019/06/mankind-s-inner-ant-why-humans-swarm-together

Mark Moffett , a biologist who studies ants and human activities, points out that Argentine ants are very close to humans. Of course, genetically, Argentine ants and humans are not close to each other, but their behavioral parts are much closer to humans than chimpanzees and bonobos. Mr. Moffett says that Argentinian Ali represents the top of social evolution.

Argentinian ants form colonies in the same way as other ants, and each member constitutes a social hierarchy responsible for a specific task. In addition, each colony has a specific smell, and it is possible to determine whether the other party belongs to the same colony as them or whether it is an ant of another colony. Moffett pointed out that these elements are very similar to the human society in which people who carry out various tasks form a society and can identify other parties belonging to another society with their hair styles and other marks.


But more than that, the reason Moffett considers Argentine ants to be similar to humans is that he has the ambition to do the same war with humans and to expand his colony. Argentinean ants are known to have very aggressive nature and are actively fighting against other colonies to expand their powers.

In particular, large-scale wars are taking place repeatedly in the San Diego suburbs, and Mr. Moffett said, “If you took Argentinean picked up in San Diego to the Mexico border 800 km away and let it go, it would still be under the same colony. No harm was done, but if it were released under the power of another colony in the same state of California, it would not have been safe. ' In the war between colonies, the front seems to move several meters in a month.

by Gladson Xavier

Moffett, in his book ' Human Swarm, ' which discusses Ali's society and human society, discusses how human society is different from that of ants and other animals. Moffett argues that 'Chympanzees need to know all who make up society, and Ali does not need to know as any one of its members. On the other hand, human beings are some of the members of society. You just need to know

For example, a person can enter a café in a strange town and relax by asking for coffee etc. In this case, most of the surrounding customers and store clerks are strangers, but they do not fight or attack like ants. 'This is one of the most undervalued human achievements,' Moffett points out, for example, that other vertebrates can only relax after the other person in the cafe knows who is in Argentina. Ali can relax after confirming that the smell of others is the same.

However, human beings are special beings that can be comfortable among others. Moffett believes that the ability of humans to get into this other person, or the ability of the community to accept others, could create a community in which all members were unfamiliar. If the human being was an animal that could not accept others, Apple Yard said that it might still have only constituted a small community of dozens to hundreds.

by Marianna

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