The Hive Mind

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The latest issue of Seed features an article entitled “The Hive Mind” by Benjamin Phelan: 

The selfless behavior of ants, bees, and wasps has confounded scientists for more than a century. Is the question a red herring or the key to a new evolutionary synthesis? 

Speaking of complexity, also from Seed is a brief article by New England Complex Systems Institute President, Yaneer Bar-Yam on predicting ethnic violence – the article can be downloaded here. Modeling of this sort will have ever increasing significance on traditional philosophy of social science.