When I watched the video below from Quartz, I, like you, was amazed, yet not surprised. I know very little about bees, but I know enough to know that they have a complex culture, governed by innate rules of behaviour, that are at times barbaric, at others nothing less then acts of pure altruism. I know that pretty much as soon as they say hello to the world the destiny of the bee in their community is already determined, by an instinct of judgement of genetics that decides who and what they will be.
When we think of a bee, as we do many other creatures we think of them not as individuals but as a herd, a mass, a swarm in which there is no individuality. They are the very definition of community. So why do we think that this is the sum, their epitome? And potential? Why do we assume that the Bee, or any other creature, lacks the capacity to develop, communicate and share their learning with their colleagues? Why should they not?
We could learn a lot from the Bee.
Here they show us their amazing cognitive ability and their ability to communicate the essence of change.
Don’t underestimate the tiny brain of a bee.
Turns out, bees have more complex cognitive and learning skills than we previously thought. Scientists from the Queen Mary University of London taught bees to pull string for food. These bees then went on to teach others to do the same thing. The skill eventually spread to a majority of the colony of worker bees.
Watch the video in the link below to see the bees in action.