How Slime Molds Redefines Intelligence

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Via Scientific American:

Something scientists have come to understand is that slime molds are much smarter than they look. One species in particular, the SpongeBob SquarePants–yellow Physarum polycephalum, can solve mazes, mimic the layout of man-made transportation networks and choose the healthiest food from a diverse menu—and all this without a brain or nervous system. “Slime molds are redefining what you need to have to qualify as intelligent,” Reid says.

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One Response to How Slime Molds Redefines Intelligence

  1. BuzzCoastin November 9, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    I have often experienced the brain & IQ as being highly overrated

    ever find yourself driving on autopilot & wake-up and wonder where you’re going
    ever doing something really spectacular & wonder how you did that

    our concepts of intelligence & brains
    are no longer useful metaphors in a world of instantaneous information access

    the digital mimics the analog intelligence of nature
    & not vice verse

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