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Social Insect Buffs Swarm in Paris and decide to go to Adelaide

Gadagkar, R (1994) Social Insect Buffs Swarm in Paris and decide to go to Adelaide. In: IUSSI Indian Chapter, Newsletter, 8 (1&2). pp. 4-5.

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Unlike their solitary counterparts, social animals live in groups that hdve varying degrees of cohesion, division of labour, communication, cooperation and conflict. Not surprisingly, individual members of social species have an instinctive urge to belong to and stay with their groups. Although man is a striking example of a social animal, many insect societies surpass human societies in their levels of cohesion, cooperation and altruism and have therefore been quite rightly designated as highly social or eusocial, a pinnacle of social evolution that man is clearly excluded from. Nevertheless human societies exhibit levels of sophistication in their modes of communication and in their cognitive abilities that far surpass any animal society. An interesting consequence of this is that humans not only have that urge to belong to a group but can simultaneously be loyal to a number of different kinds of groups. So great is our need for being members of a fraternity that we have no difficulty in relating simultaneously and intimately to our family, our department, our University, our cricket t~am, our parent teachers association, our house building cooperative society and so on, even though the members of the different fraternities and their interests and aspirations vary from group to group and sometimes are at conflict with each other.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IUSSI Indian Chapter, Newsletter
Publisher: IUSSI Indian Chapter
Keywords: Social insect, Swarming, Adelaide
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 09:45
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 09:45
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67761

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