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elphenor 05-30-2021 07:04 AM

lol

Neapolitan 05-30-2021 07:16 AM

You are evolving as a content provider at an alarming rate. In your Judaism thread you posted a video and was like yada yada yada I'll post later about the video. Here you dive straight into the world of ants writing at great length - producing dozens of paragraphs. You sir are a formidable Formicidae enthusiast. I did not know your expertise was in Myrmecology. Here I thought Myrmecology was the study of mermaids. Shows you how much I know. :rolleyes:

jwb 05-30-2021 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Neapolitan (Post 2174836)
You are evolving as a content provider at an alarming rate. In your Judaism thread you posted a video and was like yada yada yada I'll post later about the video. Here you dive straight into the world of ants writing at great length - producing dozens of paragraphs. You sir are a formidable Formicidae enthusiast. I did not know your expertise was in Myrmecology. Here I thought Myrmecology was the study of mermaids. Shows you how much I know. :rolleyes:

lol

I tried to isolate parts of that video I found interesting but the YouTube clipping sites I was using weren't working and I gave up rather quickly. I've had very little free time lately. I wanted to put in a decent amount of effort into articulating my thoughts on this subject because tore put in a decent amount of effort responding to my initially lazy question. It's not often I get to talk to someone who has any sort of expertise in this topic. I certainly have none and have pieced together my thoughts from various documentaries and YouTube videos. I think maybe he can help me clear up any misconceptions I might have. If him and I are the only ones who end up engaging in this topic I won't exactly be surprised or let down. But thank you for your contribution as always, neo. I'll always consider you my most loyal subscriber. :o:

Marie Monday 05-30-2021 10:23 AM

Yessss fANTastic

WWWP 05-30-2021 11:04 AM

Sounds pedANTic

Neapolitan 05-30-2021 11:25 AM

^I'm glad I see other replies, I was afraid this thread would become dormANT.

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Originally Posted by Neapolitan (Post 2174836)
You are evolving as a content provider at an alarming rate.

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Originally Posted by jwb (Post 2174841)
lol

:beer:

Have you seen this movie? I only saw part of it as a kid. It's about ants.
TRIGGER WARNING: it's no where near a David Attenborough documentary on nature. It's about ants evolving at an alarming rate set on world domination.

Phase IV Trailer (1974)

Guybrush 05-30-2021 01:05 PM

Nice, jwb!

I don't have time for a lengthy reply atm, but I will comment quickly. I believe the way we talk about ants may be misleading. We call the reproducing females queens which indicate they are rulers. I think that's misleading. Flipping it, one might say the reproductive females are like handmaidens from The Handmaid's Tale. That would be misleading too, but perhaps slightly closer to a truth.

Most biologists would generally say that an anthill is comprised of selfish individuals that cooperate in a way so that everyone benefits. Or even more accurately, a group of cooperating selfish genes that use ants as their vehicles to take them into the future. This is generally what you would expect to emerge from natural selection.

Where that is not readily apparent and animals seem to act in an altruistic manner, there generally are interesting explanations why that is, such as the aforementioned haplodiploidi. A gene that increases the fitness of other genes at the expense of its own fitness will get weeded out over time by natural selection. Hence, altruism, while it may appear for various reasons, is not stable, but selfishness is. For general evolutionary theory, that should be the basic expectation. What looks like altruism tends to be either selfishness in disguise, a misplaced gamble or a selfish strategy in a situation which it is no longer ideally adapted to, making it altruistic and unstable.

For ants, science seem to say their ancestors were monogamous and this (along with haplodiploidity and a few other factors) would promote evolution into eusociality. When polygamy arises as a later characteristic, it can mean that eusociality is no longer stable and that these colonies are in fact being invaded and disrupted by selfish, exploitative strategies as we speak. This is quite common and I'll write a little more about that in another post, I think.

I haven't seen the documentary you've seen, but I do believe that if it is about eusociality/cooperation, then the story it tells may possibly be a little skewed and not tell the full picture.

I would be grateful if perhaps Marie or another mod could move my posts over from the Stupidest questions thread :)

Marie Monday 05-30-2021 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Guybrush (Post 2174862)
I would be grateful if perhaps Marie or another mod could move my posts over from the Stupidest questions thread :)

done :beer:

jwb 05-30-2021 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Marie Monday (Post 2174844)
Yessss fANTastic

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Originally Posted by WWWP (Post 2174849)
Sounds pedANTic



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Originally Posted by Neapolitan (Post 2174852)
^I'm glad I see other replies, I was afraid this thread would become dormANT

Are these really the best puns musicbANTer can come up with?

The Batlord 05-30-2021 03:46 PM

Hey buddy wanna argue about cANTSel culture?


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