According to Andy Clark “[M]uch of what goes on in the complex world of humans, may thus, somewhat surprisingly, be understood in terms of so-called stigmergic
algorithms” (Clark, 1996, p. 279; 1997, p. 186). Pierre-Paul Grasse´, the brilliant mind who first conceptualized the notion probably would not disagree (Grasse´, 1959). Grasse´ was as much a zoologist as he was an entomologist. Under his editorship the monumental (17-volume) Traite´ de Zoologie, Anatomie, Syste´matique, Biologie was guided.1 Arguably one of the most ambitious and audacious publishing endeavors ever undertaken in a science (Wing, 1950), it has come to be known affectionately as le Grasse´. It is with the recognition of this fact that Grasse´ would perhaps be gratified, if not surprised, that the term “stigmergy” has achieved such wide currency and that he might well agree that perhaps.
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