Human Societies Starting to Resemble Ant Colonies

Ants“The similarities offer a look at just how ever-growing human societies could collapse,” as Jennifer Viegas writes in Discovery News:

The human population is growing at such a staggering rate that we are organizing ourselves more like ant supercolonies, with new research finding that we have more in common now with some ants than we do with our closest living animal kingdom relatives.

The new study, published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, points out that both humans and ants (termites, too) live in societies that may consist of up to a million plus members.

“As a result, modern humans have more in common with some ants than we do with our closest relatives the chimpanzees,” Mark Moffett, author of the study, told Discovery News. “With a maximum size of about 100, no chimpanzee group has to deal with issues of public health, infrastructure, distribution of goods and services, market economies, mass transit problems, assembly lines and complex teamwork, agriculture and animal domestication, warfare and slavery.”…

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11 Responses to Human Societies Starting to Resemble Ant Colonies

  1. Anarchy Pony May 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    That’s pretty bleak. 

  2. Ronniedobbs May 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    yeah, i got a bossy queen tellin’ me what to do everyday

  3. Antediluvian May 6, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Oh so DMT is right!

    • Monkey See Monkey Do May 6, 2012 at 2:26 am #

      What do you mean? The fractal ant beings?

  4. Bob LobLaw May 6, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    They drank radioactive tarantula venom and read children’s stories to the little ones as they changed into maggots…screaming, as little ones do when they are made aware of what they truly are”

    • MadHierophant May 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      What is that from? It sounds like something Grant Morrison would have written.

  5. Gergith May 6, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    I’ve always thought this was true. We evolved from pack animals to some hive colonies, or are doing so currently. I think it’s neat :D

  6. Scruffy May 6, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Maybe it’s like natural selection for the way a society this size works.

  7. Okarin May 6, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    people aren’t born naturally to be like worker ants, so humans needs something extra to get them there, schools

  8. jasonpaulhayes May 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    If you think humanity is like a Ant Colony built and maintained by legions of worker which functions to serve the whims of an unelected Queen you might be right. Lots of people do and they’re pissed off about it too.

  9. nkear5 May 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Maybe a single IVF company will doll out human larvae in the future.

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