Podcast: How Do Animals Choose Their Leaders?
by Ryan Schleeter
February 2, 2016
Check out episode ten of Completely Optional Knowledge, the podcast that answers questions you never knew you had. Some things in life are #CompletelyOptional — satisfying your curiosity doesn’t have to be one of them.
Election season is upon us, and that means choices. Just last night in Iowa, caucusers gave the win to Ted Cruz on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton (by a razor-thin margin) on the Democratic side.
But plenty more voters across the country remain undecided.
If you’re still on the fence about who to vote for, perhaps you’d like to take a cue from the animal kingdom. If so, Completely Optional Knowledge is here to help. Take ants, for example, whose prospective leaders duel with their antennae until the herd selects a queen. Or maybe wolves, who self-organize into family units, are more your style.
Or maybe you’ll just give up and write in this well-dressed little guy.
However you want to decide, we’ve got biologist Clint Penick, PhD on the podcast to guide us through how strikingly similar animals’ electoral behaviors are to our own. Listen in: