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Honeybee Democracy

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Over millions of years, honeybees have evolved to act collectively. Together, they identify and deliberate new nest locations and then navigate there as a swarm. Thomas Seeley loves honey bees, and he knows a lot about them. But there's one thing that's still a mystery to him: how do bees know when to swarm? As he searches for answers, Seeley's learning what these insects can teach humans about decision making. Seeley joins us Monday to talk about the lives of bees and their democratic nature. [Rebroadcast]

Thomas Seeley is a professor in the Department of Neurology and Behavior at Cornell University. He's the author of Honeybee Democracy [Amazon|Indiebound] and The Wisdom of the Hive [Amazon|Indiebound].