|One of Belgian complexity theorist Jean Deneubourg's 1989 ant nest, food, bridge experiments, which is similar to his earlier circa 1983 lazy ant experiment. |
“Let me quote a final example. My colleague Deneubourg has performed the following experiment. You have two large boxes connected by a small channel. The ant’s nest is displaced from one box to the other. Ants are crossing the channel to recover the initial situation. Deneubourg has found a way of identifying the individual ants. The surprising result is that there are two groups of ants: active ants and lazy ants. The active ants cross the channel repeatedly. The lazy ants remain most of the time in the same box. Deneubourg selected out the lazy ants and made the same experiment. The astonishing result is that some of the lazy ants then begin to work. How human this sounds!”(add)
"Cutting out the tumors of injustice, that's a deep operation; someone must keep life alive while you do it."