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How intelligent is a colony of ants?

As intelligent as most mammals
3
38%
the intelligence of a chimpanzee
1
13%
Exceeds the intelligence of a human
0
No votes
Depends on the size of the colony
0
No votes
Less intelligent than a mammal
4
50%
 
Total votes: 8

harvesterant
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Are ants intelligent?

Post: # 56136Post harvesterant
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:02 pm

Most people do not consider ants to be reasonable creatures, but most people know little about ants. As all of the people here have an interest in ants and therefore know more about them, do the members of the AntsCanada ants forum think that ants are intelligent?

I do not necessarily mean that every individual ant is intelligent, but are ants intelligent as a group, to what extent is the superorganism of the ant colony intelligent?

DontSquishTheAnt
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Re: Are ants intelligent?

Post: # 56484Post DontSquishTheAnt
Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:18 am

What determines intelligence?
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harvesterant
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Re: Are ants intelligent?

Post: # 56509Post harvesterant
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:17 pm

Nice point. I am talking about the ability to think and make decisions. Which of these ranks does an ant colony fit best?

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Re: Are ants intelligent?

Post: # 56519Post DontSquishTheAnt
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:44 pm

For other things, I would put them at around the average mammal. Ants can teach eachother new skills, remember things, pass on their memories (in the form of teaching), and communicate effectively. While those all sound fairly advanced for the average mammal, the average mammal doesn't have any use for most of them. As for thinking, it is impossible to know whether or not animals think (and thus how well they think) unless they can talk to us. Unfortunately, this isn't Disney Land, so I don't know if that'll ever happen.
First year and already enjoying it!

Founding:
1 Solenopsis molesta colony with ~10 nanitic workers and lots of brood

Genesis 1:24

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