Modern Humans Behave like Ants and Bees, not like Other Primates

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 29th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Have you ever watched an ant colony as the ants scurry to feed, or defend, the colony? Have you ever studied bees in the hive, as they work to take care of the queen? Have you ever studied primates in the wild? While we are closely related to primates, an observation shows that we have more in common with the ants and bees than we do with our nearest living relatives, the other primates.

Ants

Have a look at ants - see them rushing off on some purpose, often forming lines as they go. If we watch them for long we wonder how each one knows where it is going. Ants actually do make "roads" for each other – these are called scent trails. We think of them as worker ants and each have their own jobs, or roles, some serve to collect food, others are workers, building and repairing the ant hill, other ants defend the colony, some are used to "maintain the roads", others cater to the needs of the queen, and so forth.

Ants even have their own form of agriculture, with some ant species raising, tending, and “milking” aphids.

photo http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eciton_burchellii.JPG

Bees

Bees also work for a purpose, their queen. Some bees serve to collect food, others to process the food, and within the bee hive there are many more roles. Busy bees, we call them, as we see these tiny insects fly from flower to flower collecting pollen to bring back to the hive. Within the hive these bees work, work, work, to serve a purpose, that is for the betterment of the hive, and their queen.

Bees show a “teamwork” effort communicating with each other in ways we are only learning, as they tell each other “go here, go there, the food is this far”.

photo http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eciton_burchellii.JPG

Primates

Although most of us have not seen primates in the wild, many of us have seen them at zoos. We note that they seem to have a leisurely life, eating bananas and swinging from the trees.

Sometimes they have nothing more to do than sitting around picking bugs off each other! What a life!

photo http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HowlerHanging.jpg

Modern Humans

When we look at modern humans, we see them rush in the morning to get off to work, they enter rush hour traffic, everyone going someplace, much like the ants in the colony, how does each one know where they are going?

We, as humans, think we are free compared to the ants and bees, but if you were to watch a city from a distance it would look no different than an ant colony or bee hive. You would see people rushing off here and there, and if you were to get a bit closer you would see we are not working for ourselves, but for another force. People work for their boss, but ultimately for their government. Even bosses work for somebody as they rush around just like our friend the ant, or the bee.

From a distance a modern human society is far more similar to an ant colony, or bee hive, than to our nearest relatives, the primates.

Ask yourselves, is this the way our life is suppose to be? Are we all meant to be worker ants and drones feeding the queen?

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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Carol
30th Dec 2010 (#)

What a very interesting article, thanks so much. This has nothing to do with your article Mark, but I wonder if you can help me.I joined Wikinut in June last year, but have never received any royalty payments up to date. I have sent numerous emails to enquire about it without any replies. I am asking you as a moderator to help me, as you must have access to the Chief Nut. Every time I go into my paymentys page, it just says, no payments have been made into this account?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
30th Dec 2010 (#)

I had never thought of comparing human behavior to that of ants and bees, but you are absolutely right. Quite an eye opening article Mark.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Dec 2010 (#)

Carol I am late for work, but when I get home I shall e-mail Sam to ask about this!

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author avatar Conny
30th Dec 2010 (#)

You are quite right in your comparison Mark. I guess you stood at a great height and looked down on the world far below you. Seeing all those people running around must have been your inspiration. I've often thought the same.
Well done (from one worker ant to another).

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author avatar christopheranton
30th Dec 2010 (#)

On the surface it does seem that we
have more in common with ants and bees
than primates, but chimpanzees will chase and kill any chimps that
they find from another group.
That is something that, so far as I know, ants
and bees dont do,
but humans frequently do.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
31st Dec 2010 (#)

not sure about Bees, but Ants will kill ants from other colonies or other species.

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Great comparison

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author avatar Denise O
31st Dec 2010 (#)

I think it is a great comparison but, I would also add, we are turning into a society of those that just
sit, picking bugs off of each other.
Sad too say.
Good read Mark.
As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Paul Lines
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Interesting insight into the current human condition

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author avatar James R. Coffey
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Hummm . . . interesting. I know we have a "hive' mentality, but . . .

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author avatar igorgriffiths
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Great article, I watched a recent series of documentaries that illustrated that as we advanced into civilised structures the community became more important than the self. This is of course what ants and bees have long practised.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Jan 2011 (#)

Igor - that kind of society is a bit frightening to me. We are all working for a force bigger than ourselves.. with actual very little enjoyment.

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author avatar Carol
1st Jan 2011 (#)

Mark I just want to say thanks so much for your help. I am sorry I had to put the message up here about my royalties, but cannot see any sort of messaging system to other authors other than commenting on their pages.
I received an email from Sam, and will get my payments soon. Once again, thanks very much x

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author avatar ppruel
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Great article. Insightful one. Thanks for sharing. I will send this off to twitter...

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author avatar LOVERME
5th Jan 2011 (#)

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author avatar LOVERME
6th Jan 2011 (#)

ants or bees
human r like lice and cockroaches
that's why i say
chimps have so far shared
only 96 percent of their genes

they have retained the balance
how VERY INTELLIGENT
URS IS A BIRDS EYE VIEW AN eagles perhaps
Go to Asia and see the queues unlike Canada .

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author avatar Greenfaol
7th Jan 2011 (#)

Great article Mark. from a distance, we are like ants and bees, with the exception that we have our individuality. I think we need to keep that, while helping one another as a community. Really good read :D

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author avatar urguide
16th Jan 2011 (#)

a valid point made in a very simple way.

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author avatar Emgee
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Enjoyable read, better than being cockroaches.

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author avatar Retired
6th Feb 2011 (#)

This is as true as it comes.

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author avatar leesab
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Interesting observation! Thank you

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author avatar David Meyer
14th Mar 2013 (#)

Good stuff. Glad to see the compare.
R.A.Wilson's Schroedinger's Cat draws even more detailed comparisons between human/ant and human/termite - esp. as our human "colony" deteriorates and mutants are born to swarm off-world to start other colonies.

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