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How self-organization evolves

Self-organized systems can evolve by small parameter shifts that produce large changes in outcome. Concepts from mathematical ecology show how the way swarming bees dance helps to achieve unanimous decisions.

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Figure 2: Different patterns of dance-language performance in nectar foragers and nest-site scouts.



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