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Started by Mr. B, March 07, 2020, 09:15:51 PM

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Mr. B

I'm putting this here because I'm not sure where else to put it. This comment is going to be a work in progress over the next several minutes because I am going to be switching from one computer to another. My laptop sucks at posting links and pictures. Just an explaination for anyone who may happen to read this before I have completed my final draft.

QuoteAn ant mill is an observed phenomenon in which a group of army ants, which are blind, are separated from the main foraging party, lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. The ants will eventually die of exhaustion. It has been reproduced in laboratories and has been produced in ant colony simulations. The phenomenon is a side effect of the self-organizing structure of ant colonies. Each ant follows the ant in front of it, which works until something goes wrong, and an ant mill forms. An ant mill was first described by William Beebe in 1921 who observed a mill 1200 ft (~370 m) in circumference. It took each ant 2.5 hours to make one revolution. Similar phenomena have been noted in processionary caterpillars and fish.

I know there is no known connection between human behavior and ant behavior but the similarities in the images are striking even though the reasons are different.

When some biological creatures lose their way, they tend to go in circles, sometimes just following the blind one in front of them.

Sometimes in protest.

I have seen videos of Trump just walking wherever he wants. In circles, pacing like a caged tiger on the White House lawn or being too arrogant or ignorant to follow protocol while walking with the Queen.

Right now this is all just loose association in my mind but I want to hammer out a cogent point eventually. Like I said, this is just more or less a place holder but If you have any comments or questions by all means, feel free because I will probably get distracted soon and potentially forget what I was thinking about human nature and lose my path.

A song.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - Evelyn Beatrice Hall

billy rubin

they dont always mill

ive seen lines of ants in the tropics lose their way and just collect in stationary swarms, all in contact but unmoving. they would stay that way for days.

more people have been to berlin than i have