It was either this or a post about your mom. I mean, my mom.

A clip from the Science Channel on the architectural wonders of an ant colony (via kottke):

It’s beautiful and amazing, no doubt. But on kottke, it was stated that the colony was abandoned before the scientists poured 10 tons of cement into it and… um, no. You can still see ants crawling around the periphery of the frame in the shots of the cement disappearing down the ant tunnels. And I get scientific advancement and ends justifying means and Lora, they’re only ants and yadda yadda so on– but, I don’t know. It just reminds me of colonization. "Oh, they’re only stupid savages, they won’t mind if we build on their land and kill them off with our foreign diseases and turn the survivors into our slaves."

Put another way, those ants built the ant equivalent of the Great Wall of China, only to have it filled with cement and then excavated because some scientists were curious as to what they were up to. Barbarians! Will no one think of the ants?

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11 thoughts on “It was either this or a post about your mom. I mean, my mom.

  1. one could say that the knowledge we’ve gathered from excavating that one colony has allowed us to appreciate the beauty and complexity in all ant colonies
    i mean, who knew what an ant colony really looked like?

  2. They’re ants. If they were in my house I would kill them without a second thought. If a farmer was plowing his field he’d kill them without a second thought. If a builder was making a building she’d kill them without a second thought. You’re saying the only time it’s inappropriate to kill them is when you’re appreciating the structure and beauty of their work?

  3. As an Indian, I reject your comparison of us to ants. They’re just ants.
    That colony is incredible though. Looks futuristic.

  4. one could say that the knowledge we’ve gathered from excavating that one colony has allowed us to appreciate the beauty and complexity in all ant colonies

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