Nautilus: When It’s Good to Be Antisocial

Bees are emblems of social complexity. Their honeycombs—intricate lattices dripping with food—house bustling hive members carrying out carefully orchestrated duties like defending against predators and coordinating resource collection. Much of our own success is due to this sort of division of labor. Clearly, in the animal kingdom, it pays to be social: Certain neurons make us resent being alone. You could be forgiven …

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Image credits: “Wanderer above the sea of fog,” by Caspar David Friedrich (1817)
This article appeared in Nautilus on September 29, 2017 for Issue 052: The Hive.

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