Following the continued mental decline of the very silly Prof. Tim Flannery, who, amongst other idiocies, recently insisted that the Ancient Greek goddess Gaia would soon be physically manifest,* and praised the democratic politics of insects (on a radio show with the late Robyn Williams), the world’s ants recently took the trouble to refute any suggestion that they were controlling Flannery.
Details can be read at the all right, all right blog.
* Here is some of what Flannery said:
I think that within this century the concept of the strong Gaia will actually become physically manifest. I do think that the Gaia of the Ancient Greeks, where they believed the earth was effectively one whole and perfect living creature, that doesn’t exist yet, but it will exist in future […].
We’ll never be able to control the earth, there’s no doubt about it. We can’t control its systems; but we can nudge them and we can foresee danger. Once that occurs, then the Gaia of the Ancient Greeks really will exist. This planet, this Gaia, will have acquired a brain and a nervous system. That will make it act as a living animal, as a living organism, at some sort of level.