Hive Minds: Collective Intelligence in Humans and Other Animals (Forum for Philosophy)

Swarms of bees make decisions as a ‘democratic’ collective, voting on various possible nest sites through waggle dances. Does this phenomenon amount to a form of ‘collective intelligence’? Do we also find collective intelligence in humans? And what might humans be able to learn from bees about the best ways to act together and to make collective decisions? Philosopher Christian List, social insect biologist Elli Leadbeater, and evolutionary theorist Larissa Conradt consider the nature of collective intelligence in bees, humans, and other animals.

Larissa Conradt, Affiliated Researcher, Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Elli Leadbeater, Reader in Biology, Royal Holloway, University of London
Christian List, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, LSE

Jonathan Birch, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (LSE) and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE