[Paleopsych] Intelligent Bacteria

G. Reinhart-Waller waluk at earthlink.net
Sat Apr 23 15:01:20 UTC 2005

I very much appreciate that you've sent along your references on 
Bacterial intelligence.

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.

Gerry Reinhart-Waller
Independent Scholar

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
> Eshel Ben-Jacob.
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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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