The Ethics of Animal Research

Most of what we know about the brain comes from experiments on animals. Even when we do fMRI experiments on humans, we’re usually testing a hypothesis that is based on findings from animal experiments. Considering how important animal experimentation has been for the development of the field – and for the development of science and … Continue reading The Ethics of Animal Research

The Emergence of a Hive Mind: Should We Worry?

The term “hive mind” refers to the apparent intelligence that emerges at the group level in some social species, particularly insects like honeybees and ants. An individual honeybee might not be very bright (although that’s debatable), but the honeybee colony as a collective might be very intelligent. Science fiction is replete with depictions of higher-intelligence … Continue reading The Emergence of a Hive Mind: Should We Worry?