Friday, April 22, 2005
Posted by Tom W. Bell at 6:51 AM
I've never trusted ants. Although I deeply appreciated how Douglas Hofstadter used the little collectivists as a metaphor for the epiphenomena of consciousness, I never could get past the essentially creepy communism of the crawlies. Chalk up another point to intuition. Scientists recently discovered a species of Amazon ants that catches fellow insects using a specially constructed trap akin to a medieval rack. I bet the wee little reds make each victim denounce its family before they execute it, too. Bastards.