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The Resource Honeybee democracy, Thomas D. Seeley

Honeybee democracy, Thomas D. Seeley

Label
Honeybee democracy
Title
Honeybee democracy
Statement of responsibility
Thomas D. Seeley
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Honeybees make decisions collectively---and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees." "In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together---as a swirling cloud of bees---to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution." "An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them."--Jacket
  • Honeybees make decisions collectively---and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees. --
  • In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together---as a swirling cloud of bees---to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution. --
  • An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them. --Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seeley, Thomas D
Dewey number
595.79/9156
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QL568.A6
LC item number
S439 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Honeybee
  • Insect societies
  • Bees
  • Behavior, Animal
Label
Honeybee democracy, Thomas D. Seeley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Life in a honeybee colony -- Dream home for honeybees -- Scout bees' debate -- Agreement on best site -- Building a consensus -- Initiating the move to new home -- Steering the flying swarm -- Swarm as cognitive entity -- Swarm smarts
Control code
587249075
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780691147215
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010010265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)587249075
Label
Honeybee democracy, Thomas D. Seeley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Life in a honeybee colony -- Dream home for honeybees -- Scout bees' debate -- Agreement on best site -- Building a consensus -- Initiating the move to new home -- Steering the flying swarm -- Swarm as cognitive entity -- Swarm smarts
Control code
587249075
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780691147215
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010010265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)587249075

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