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Nov

Queen bees and alpha chimps aren’t voted into office, but that doesn’t mean they’re despots. Scientists have begun to view many animal species as de facto democracies, where majority rule ensures survival more than tyranny can.7 examples of animal democracy

Queen bees and alpha chimps aren’t voted into office, but that doesn’t mean they’re despots. Scientists have begun to view many animal species as de facto democracies, where majority rule ensures survival more than tyranny can.
7 examples of animal democracy

15

Dec

Study suggests ignorance promotes democracyStrongly opinionated members can determine a group’s consensus decision, even when they make up only a small minority. New research of animal behavior shows, however, that adding ignorant or uninformed members to the group can counteract the minority’s powerful influence and promote a more democratic outcome.

Study suggests ignorance promotes democracy
Strongly opinionated members can determine a group’s consensus decision, even when they make up only a small minority. New research of animal behavior shows, however, that adding ignorant or uninformed members to the group can counteract the minority’s powerful influence and promote a more democratic outcome.

31

Mar

U.S. develops ‘panic button' for pro-democracy activistsThe ‘panic button’ is an app developed by the State Department that will wipe out a phone’s address book and emit emergency alerts to other activists.

U.S. develops ‘panic button' for pro-democracy activists
The ‘panic button’ is an app developed by the State Department that will wipe out a phone’s address book and emit emergency alerts to other activists.