A Cornell University study of Maine island honeybees shows their ability to apply three decision making techniques successfully:
- open and frank communication of ideas
- friendly competition
- coalition building
"The bees' method, which is a product of disagreement and contest rather than consensus or compromise, consistently yields excellent collective decisions," says Cornell biologist Thomas Seeley, reporting on a group study published in the May-June issue of American Scientist.
Now, I wonder. Does this apply to honeybees everywhere, or just to those living on rugged islands off the coast of Maine, where there is a tradition of both fierce independence and strong community?