The Socially Constructed Natural Origins of Self-Organization

  • Diane M. Rodgers
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 23)


From traffic flows to architecture, inspiration for understanding the design patterns of nature has been discovered in the behavior and structures of ant, bees, wasps, and termites. These patterns are viewed as emerging from self-organization, with each member of the group having little information yet contributing to the overall ability to create distinct, complex design from simple collective behavior. The concept of “swarm intelligence” further identifies this behavior of social insects as one that may also apply to human systems, revolutionizing our systems to match the more flexible, decentralized models of social insects. A paradigm shift in viewing social systems has occurred based on the understanding of these exemplars of natural self-organized systems.


Social Construction Social Insect Swarm Intelligence Knowledge Claim Complex Adaptive System 
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  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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