By Sharon Verghis
In the 1870s, naturalist Sir John Lubbock conducted a novel experiment with social dynamics in ant colonies.
The results – “as fascinating as the best of novels,” according to peer reviews at the time – showed that ants discriminated between friends and strangers.
“It must be admitted that they are in hostility not only with most other insects, including ants of different
As a species, we’re not all that different from ants, says Charlotte Thaarup, a clinical mindfulness consultant and director of The Mindfulness Clinic.
“We aren’t intellectual beings, we are emotional beings. We may know it’s not nice to discriminate [but fundamentally] we discriminate. That shows in our biology. We see who is in and who is not, who is dangerous and who is safe, who is different and who is not.”