8 results for “Superorganisms”

Want to build an organization that lasts? Create a superorganism

Tamsin Woolley-Barker
August 4th 2020

For the past 25 years, I’ve studied everything from baboon cooperation in Ethiopia and orca whale innovation in the Bering Sea, to the Argentine ant invasion in my kitchen, and my colleagues at work (not nearly as interesting!), all through an evolutionary lens.

Today, I use that lens to help companies evolve.

I’m a Biomimicry Professional, and a Biologist at the Design Table, and the teams I work with develop biologically-inspired solutions for a Global 500 clientele. We search for …

NNN announces 2021-2024 plans: ‘Hello, Superorganism’

July 30th 2020

With great pleasure we announce our plans for 2021-2024: ‘Hello, Superorganism’.

Our human presence has a huge impact on the planet; plastic in the oceans, climate change, mass urbanization and deforestation. We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, an age where humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force. Simultaneously there are many other organisms that are asserting themselves: networked micro-organisms, an internet of trees and artificial intelligences that guide our lives. What can we learn from …

The alien superorganism in ‘Annihilation’

July 30th 2020

Annihilation (2018) is all about The Shimmer. A meteorite has crashed around a lighthouse and the area is slowly expanding. From the outside it looks like an oil slick bouncing off the sun, but once inside The Shimmer you initially get a magical, fairytale feel. If you look a little further, it appears that something is not right. Several expeditions have entered the area, only nobody came out.

To Lena's husband (Natalie Portman), Kane returns completely dazed and visits his …

Welcome to the Novacene

July 30th 2020

James Lovelock (1919) has lived on Earth for over a century. You may find that long, but it is short for himself. He thinks big and from a long-term awareness.

At the age of fifty, in 1969, he presented his Gaia hypothesis, exploring how all living matter is connected in a superorganism that optimizes conditions for life on Earth. Although controversial in his day, his Gaia hypothesis made him the most prominent environmental thinker of the twentieth century.

The twenty-first …

The sentient superorganism in ‘The Black Cloud’

July 30th 2020

A landmark of British science fiction, The Black Cloud (1957) was the first novel by world-renowned astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), who used his own scientific background to create a frighteningly real apocalyptic thriller in which, Hoyle said, “there is very little that could not conceivably happen.”

Astronomers in England and America have made a terrifying discovery: an ominous black cloud the size of Jupiter is travelling straight towards our solar system. If their calculations are correct, the cloud’s path …

Hello, superorganism

Van Mensvoort
July 28th 2020

When I was a kid, my parents took me to the beach every summer. We’d swim in the ocean and play on our inflatable raft in the surf. When the tide was low, I’d build a sand castle with my father, an engineering physicist, and we’d have to defend it when the water started rising. In our usual spot there was a substantial height difference between low and high tide – more than four feet. Maybe my dad picked that …

Towards a global society as a superorganism

Ruben Baart and Britta de Vries
May 12th 2020

Today we hold the ability to gather a lot of knowledge, thanks to science. We are able to watch, analyze, manipulate and change matter to the nano-level. This makes it tempting to think that we are the dominant species on the Earth. And while this is something that most people would agree with, on some level, we don't seem to dominate the Earth now.

Right now, a microorganism is talking back to us. It is telling us to stop, take …

The Coronation

Charles Eisenstein
April 5th 2020

For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the rope has snapped, do we tie its ends back together, or shall we undo its dangling braids still further, to see what we might weave from them?

Covid-19 is showing us that when humanity is united in common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible. None of …