The book entitled “Honeybee Democracy” by Thomas Seeley will be the focus of this course. This book chronicles Dr. Seeley discovery of how bees communicate in the decision making process of where to locate their new hive. Highlighted in the book is the application of the basic principles of the scientific method to learn more about how thousands of individual bees work cooperatively leading to the performance of the hive as a super organism. Seeley provides insight into how choices are made through consensus building and communications between individuals which provides lessons and applications beyond the hive to other animal systems, the human brain and our society as a whole. Students in the course will have a chance to get “up close and personnel with bees” with a trip to a local apiary, a lesson from a master beekeeper and an inside look into a beehive.
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