[Paleopsych] Intelligent Bacteria
waluk at earthlink.net
Sat Apr 23 15:01:20 UTC 2005
I very much appreciate that you've sent along your references on
We propose that bacteria use their
intracellular flexibility, involving signal transduction
networks and genomic plasticity, to collectively maintain
linguistic communication: self and shared interpretations
of chemical cues, exchange of chemical
messages (semantic) and dialogues (pragmatic). Meaning-
based communication permits colonial identity,
intentional behavior (e.g. pheromone-based courtship
for mating), purposeful alteration of colony structure
(e.g. formation of fruiting bodies), decision-making (e.g.
to sporulate) and the recognition and identification of
other colonies – features we might begin to associate
with a bacterial social intelligence.
Much more involved than simply neuropeptides and enzymes.
Eshel Ben-Jacob wrote:
> Hi to all,
> The new paper in trends in microibiology is quite interesting but is
> limited in scope (and references) it does not give a reference to our
> paper on Bacterial intelligence published in Trends just 8 months ago.
> He also does not give reference to any of Bassler papers.
> Attached are both papers. All the best, Eshel
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>> Bacteria live in groups, communicate and thus must possess
>> intelligence. Genes are on one level but by not including the meme
>> portion of behavior, one is only able to understand a portion of what
>> intelligence actually is.
>> Gerry Reinhart-Waller
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