Temperatures are rising, and one colony of ants will soon have to make a collective decision. Each ant feels the rising heat beneath its feet but carries along as usual until, suddenly, the ants reverse course. The whole group rushes out as one—a decision to evacuate has been made. It is almost as if the colony of ants has a greater, collective mind.
A new study suggests that indeed, ants as a group behave similar to networks of neurons in a brain.
Rockefeller’s Daniel Kronauer and postdoctoral associate Asaf Gal developed a new experimental setup to meticulously analyze decision-making in ant colonies. As reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they found that when a colony evacuates due to rising temperatures, its decision is a function of both the magnitude of the heat increase and the size of the ant group.
The findings suggest that ants combine sensory information with the parameters of their group to arrive at a group response—a process similar to neural computations giving rise to decisions.
“We pioneered an approach to understand the ant colony as a cognitive-like system that perceives inputs and then translates them into behavioral outputs,” says Kronauer, head of the Laboratory of Social Evolution and Behavior. “This is one of the first steps toward really understanding how insect societies engage in collective computation.” (Rockefeller University)
Question: How would you apply this to a human being? Is it applicable to a human being? Can a person reach such a state with another person?
Answer: No. It is possible to reach this state through tremendous internal work but not simply instinctively the way birds or fish or other animals do.
Question: For animals it is instinct whereas for us it is work to achieve this state?
Answer: Of course. You see how fish in the sea all swim in a huge school that can include hundreds of thousands of them.
Question: And man often abandons another person and runs away because he is hurt.
You, as a Kabbalist, do you think we should reach a state where we start to feel one another this way, where we exist in one breath?
Answer: Generally, we will have to. But it will not happen the way it does with fish or birds but by us calling out to the Creator and asking Him to connect us within Him. For Him to connect us in His upper mind, in the desire, and then we will roll together with Him. This is what we want to strive for.
So, the Creator will be the force that unites, governs, and guides—everything!
Question: Then thoughts about me, that I feel hot, will go away?
Answer: I will be inside of Him. What thoughts are there? Everything is done.
Question: Meaning, I am entirely inside of Him and rely only on that?
Answer: Yes. He has already swallowed you. It is the same for everyone.
Question: And then we become a single body, heart?
Answer: Yes. Look at those fish—they are in Him instinctively. But we need Him to do this for us.
Question: When we see this—the way birds, ants, and fish move— why are we being shown this? For us to see it and maybe even envy them?
Answer: It is for you to see that there is a state of adhesion, unity, and obedience where each one annuls himself for the sake of everyone. Our purpose is—in spite of our egoism and individuality—to reach the same state.
Question: And what if we were not endowed with this individuality?
Answer: Then we will be like fish or birds. And what is the rationale for that?
Question: Meaning, then we would not feel that happiness?
Answer: Only if we want to do it in spite of ourselves! Then you feel pleasure from submitting to the Creator in spite of yourself in order to be together with everyone you want to separate yourself from! Do you understand what kinds of opposite forces are operating here? And at the convergence of these opposing forces is precisely when you reach adhesion with the upper one.
Comment: Bliss, as they say.
My Response: Yes.
Question: The feeling of not wanting to connect with others, does this feeling not disappear in me?
Answer: No. You rise above it.
Question: So, one way or another, I am left with this black hole inside of me?
Answer: Of course. “Love covers all transgressions.” That is, egoism must always be below, and there is connection and love above it. Otherwise the love will disappear.
Transgressions must be there.
Comment: We are very different from ants.
My Response: They don’t have it, they just calmly work.
Question: So what, they don’t have this feeling of happiness, then? Happiness, revelation?
Answer: No, they have the sensation of carrying out their instinct. That is, they feel themselves executors and self-sufficient—but no pleasure.
We were given the opportunity to receive pleasure and be happy.
Comment: Precisely when we overcome ourselves.
My Response: Only then.
Question: Otherwise, a person cannot attain happiness?
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 8/4/22
To Reach The Level Of Man
In A Single Field Of Desires
Common “Flock” Of Humanity