The Similarity and Difference between Ant and Human Ultrasocieties: From the Viewpoint of Scaling Laws
Complementary to Gowdy & Krall's comparison between ants and humans, I use economy scaling laws to discuss the similarity and difference between them quantitatively. I hypothesize that individual variations in society result in higher energetic efficiency in larger groups, and that the difference in the sustainability between these species originates from the driving forces of growth with different scaling powers.
C. Hou, "The Similarity and Difference between Ant and Human Ultrasocieties: From the Viewpoint of Scaling Laws," Behavioral and brain sciences, vol. 39, p. e101, Cambridge University Press, Jan 2016.
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