“Dr. Farmer said classical economics had failed miserably to provide the right data for us to understand ourselves. He and others have begun to develop so-called agent-based models of the economy, asking in effect how the seemingly random behavior of individual ants can give rise to anthills with all their pulsing purpose, form and intelligence.
It works great for ants, and it’s pretty to think that we might have something to learn about ourselves from our little six-legged friends as they carry off the crumbs from another picnic.”
This piece is a little histrionic but the picture and the bit about ants made me go to a once and future king place. In T.H White’s novel about young King Arthur, Wart become a member of an art colony in which he learns that ants operate in a simple binary worldview of “done” and “not done.” I am not ashamed to admit that my operating principles for life are based on this little observation. As I believe all things should strive to go from ” a thing” and “not done” to “not a thing” and “done.”