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Honeybee Democracy

Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Honeybees make decisions collectively-and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees.

©2010 Princeton University Press (P)2017 Tantor

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"The year's most enchanting science book." ( Financial Times)

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Informative

Goes into a lot of detail of how Bees select their new home, through observation by bee scientists.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-18

You won't BEE disappointed!

What sounds like the nerdiest book for a niche market of enthusiasts or scientists I started this book with guarded expectations.

I was completely mistaken!

Knowing absolutely nothing about bee's other then it hurts when they sting you i found myself fascinated by this book, the bee's and the authors enthusiasm and life work!

It's one of those books your going to have to trust the audible reviews and just give it a shot! You won't BEE disappointed!

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  • F. Wilkins
  • 17-09-18

Political agenda

The author went from talking about bees to dissing Pres. Bush and the Iraqi war.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 06-09-18

Wonderfully detailed & complete. A joy.

As a beekeeper, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of behavioural and scientific detail. Particularly impressed how bees are great examples for humans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-18

Great read!

Great book! The methodology used in the authors experiments was really clear. The story was fascinating and the narrator did a great job. Would definitely recommend!

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  • Nikki
  • 01-07-18

Great info

I loved the information in this book but found the author patting his back a little too often for my tastes.

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  • Filipe Antunes
  • 25-05-18

A most inspiring book!

Besides providing an updated information on the state of the art knowledge on the ways bee colonies make decisions it is also very motivating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-18

Very educational!!

I will never look at a bee again without wonder and amazement. This book creates excitement and enthusiasm for the bees waggle dance. I was so enthralled with this book I didn’t want to put it down and so I read it in only a few days. Great for beekeepers and non beekeepers so we may appreciate these beautiful little creatures.

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  • Jim Deshon
  • 03-03-18

The mind of the Hive.

Very good book with lots of scientific details. Performance was awesome.
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