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Honeybee Democracy Audio CD – MP3 Audio, December 5, 2017
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About the Author
Keith Sellon-Wright is a seasoned professional with a career in Hollywood spanning over thirty years. He has worked with some of Hollywood's seminal directors, including Christopher Guest and Spike Lee. His television credits include Wings, Frasier, Seinfeld, The West Wing, NCIS, Mad Men, and Parks and Recreation.
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (December 5, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1541454944
- ISBN-13 : 978-1541454941
- Item Weight : 2.54 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,329,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is about bees, not beekeeping. I found the science fascinating. For me, the methods used were as interesting as the information discovered. If you are a beekeeper, then I highly recommend this book. As I said, its not about beekeeping but it provides a lot of valuable insight into how bees make decisions. I wish they would make a documentary on just the topics in this book.
This book is about how honeybees conduct this democratic decision-making; how they evaluate potential sites through collective fact-finding; announce the locations to others; debate the selection of the best nest site; build consensus; and then pilot the entire swarm to its new home.
This is an impressive, easily understood, scientific account of honeybee democracy that humans can replicate – respect, organisation, processes, diverse solutions, rules of debate, and majority decision-making for sustainable resolutions.
I'm a huge fan of saving money and of providing for oneself through acquiring knowledge and skill sets and I feel this book has helped me in both categories.
I have some great mentors who have shared with me details about attracting honey bee swarms but this book has helped to tie all of that together to better understand bee behavior and I think put me on the way to success for next swarm season. It covers the details of just how a swarm selects its new home and some features of that home that they prefer whether it's volume, entrance height, or entrance size as well as much more in depth discussion of certain aspects of honey bee "culture" for lack of a better word. Dr. Seeley is writing from a place of understanding and hands on experience with these creatures and he has much to share on the subject.
Not knowing if I'd enjoy it enough to own a physical copy, I went with the Kindle edition. I wish I had spent the extra $5 for the hardback. I know there are ways to highlight and bookmark text and pages in the ebook but I don't foresee it being quite the same to me as sticky notes, highlighting, underlining, or bookmarks in a paper book that weathers with you over the years as you consult it time and time again.
The best of this book is the first part dealing with the world-class natural science that Seeley et al have done on honey bee behavior and their informed speculation on the implied meanings of these behaviors. This book's bee behavior portion deserves a second read because it is PACKED with information and insight into the subtle interrelationships between genetics, instinct, behaviors and their implications. The insight into the honey bee caste system and it's management is like reading the best science fiction - it is genetically driven but involves the personal effort of each bee to fulfill it's destiny.
This is one of the best books on natural history I have read in years, written so the non-scientist can devour and understand the content, but fully complete in it's scope. As to popular science for the layman, Seeley is right up there with the very best of Jane Goodall, Richard Feynman, Michio Kaku, and Neil Degrasse-Tyson, in my opinion. A must read for bee keepers.
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I have only read the first four chapters and they are written as a biography full of fascinating scientific information. As such, information is presented in a 'conversational' manner and easy to digest. This makes the book a delight to read and I'm learning new information all the time
If you are interested in bees in any way, not just beekeeping, then I would recommend this book as a 'must read'.
The book is very obviously based heavily on a Doctorate thesis. It is therefore of little interest to amateur beekepers and not a very interesting read.