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Network Challenge (Chapter 7), The: Information Networks in the History of Life

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Network Challenge (Chapter 7), The: Information Networks in the History of Life

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  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-702465-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-702465-0

What can we learn about networks from ants, honeybees, and other animals with evolved social structures? The impact of information and communications strategies on network dynamics did not arrive with the emergence of computers, cell phones, and the Internet. This chapter describes communication networks selected from among many that have been studied in communities of nonhuman organisms. It explores the extent to which communication linkages have controlled the development of those networks. In some of those networks, developmental histories are manifest as evolved body plans and gender roles not represented in human communities. Many of those networks are founded on efficient exchange of information via pathways of which humans are almost fully oblivious.

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Senses and Network Communication

Communication in Colonial Structures

Implications for Human Networks




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