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Six Legs Better

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Charlotte Sleigh
Six Legs Better: A Cultural History of Myrmecology
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press | ISBN: 0801884454 | edition 2007 | PDF | 320 pages | 2,86 mb

Ants long have fascinated linguists, human sociologists, and even cyberneticians. At the end of the nineteenth century, ants seemed to be admirable models for human life and were praised for their work ethic, communitarianism, and apparent empathy. They provided a natural-theological lesson on the relative importance of humans within creation and inspired psychologists to investigate the question of instinct and its place in the life of higher animals and humans. By the 1930s, however, ants came to symbolize one of modernity’s deepest fears: the loss of selfhood. Researchers then viewed the ant colony as an unthinking mass, easily ruled and slavishly organized.
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