My Musings On 3 February 2017

Here are my recent musings on Nature’s Web of Life.

This series of blog posts contains sources for my musings, my research, and my preparation for my student seminars. I am happy to share with you.  If you find any of the articles interesting, I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of the list. In this curated list of my musings, I have selected “superorganisms” as the topic.

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A comprehensive description and review of the Gaia hypothesis

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Gaia Theory Website

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Ask a biologist. Secrets of a superorganism – ant colonies

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Seabed superorganism uses electricity to lock up greenhouse gas

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Humans as Superorganisms: How Microbes, Viruses, Imprinted Genes, and Other Selfish Entities Shape Our Behavior

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Humans are contingent superorganisms

Humans are the giraffes of altruism. We’re freaks of nature, able (at our best) to achieve ant-like levels of service to the group. We readily join together to create superorganisms, but unlike the eusocial insects, we do it with blatant disregard for kinship, and we do it temporarily, and contingent upon special circumstances (particularly intergroup conflict, as is found in war, sports, and business).

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The Secret Society Of Superorganisms. – Species that form superorganism colonies are highly successful. E.O. Wilson  raises a fundamental question for biologists. “Why do groups arise in the first place?”

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Superorganisms – An Internet guide to the social system of superorganisms. From Natural History Magazine

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Top 5 Superorganisms – YouTube

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E.O. Wilson on ‘Superorganisms – YouTube

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Lord of the Ants. A Nova YouTube video on E.O.Wilson. Narrated by Harrison Ford

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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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