Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rational Ants

Ants are more rational than humans? As a self-organizing group, it turns out that, yes, they are. Each individual ant is terribly ill-informed. But all the ants together, providing to the group the local information they each have, contributes to rational behavior to the ants as a whole. Why are humans not able to act more rationally? Well, we keep having individuals with the ability to control others' behaviors interfering with and, subsequently, disrupting the spontaneous formation of order. The result of this is less rational human behavior. If the ants had some idiot without enough sense to know that he can't possible know everything trying to control their actions, they would act as irrationally as humans do as well. The natural emergence of spontaneous order makes people more rational.
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