Just how does intelligent behavior emerge from a collection of simple minded individuals? RadioLab has a great podcast that discusses emergence.


It’s applicable to honey bee colonies, ants, our cities and, in my opinion politics! 🙂

Using this kind of intelligence is a great way to solve complex problems. RadioLab asks:

What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies–all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony.

This hour of Radiolab, we ask how this happens.

We gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our own brains with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist.

Guests:Elizabeth Buck, John Buck, Debra Gordon, Stephen Johnson, Christof Koch, Dr. Oliver Sacks, Steve Strogatz, James Surowiecki and E.O. Wilson

Enjoy! I did.