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12843749, we have a hive mind. |
Posted by Mike Jackson, Wed Jul-01-15 02:05 PM
Here is an article that explores the parallels between the way bees make decisions and the way we make decisions.
It's fascinating stuff.
Every decision you make is essentially a committee act. Members chime in, options are weighed, and eventually a single proposal for action is approved by consensus. The committee, of course, is the densely knit society of neurons in your head. And “approved by consensus” is really just a delicate way of saying that the opposition was silenced.
Our brains seem to work not by generating only “correct” actions and executing them in serial, but rather by representing many possibilities in parallel, and suppressing all but one. . .
In essence, despite our feeling that we are singular, unified agents, we are more like hive minds unto ourselves, our brains abuzz with multiple, often conflicting plans and interests that must be managed. To Dr. Thomas Seeley, a professor of neurobiology at Cornell University, the “hive mind” is more than just a metaphor. In a recent paper in Science, Seeley and his colleagues describe a potential deep parallel between how brains and bee swarms come to a decision. With no central planner or decider, both brains and bee hives can resolve their inner differences to commit to single courses of action.
12844162, My sister went to a workshop by a guru.|
Posted by obsidianchrysalis, Wed Jul-01-15 06:51 PM
Like a real, dyed-in-the-wool spiritual guru. One of the members of the audience asked him about self control and he said, 'Control is somewhat of an illusion.'
This article reminded me of the comment by the guru.
12844220, we can decide things.|
Posted by Mike Jackson, Wed Jul-01-15 08:05 PM
we all do.