All Does in Favor, Stand Up

| January 17, 2003 Issue

A new study conducted by Tim Roper from the University of Sussex, England, found that while deer and other animals have a dominant male that controls mating and defends against rivals, the group performs the more usual tasks of deciding how long to graze and when and where to move. This democratic system is preferred because the dominant male’s decisions tend to be too extreme. The experiment is useful, writes James Randerson in New Scientist, because it shows that the animal world is not ruled merely by violence and domination. The study is not meant to be a big plug for the left, however. Roper says that collective decisions do not require polling cards or even a sophisticated brain.

-Nick Garafola 

Go there>>

Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!

Facebook Instagram Twitter