Mark Moffett on Canopy Biology & The Human Swarm

Complexity | 29 January 2021 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Moffett discussing how ecosystems stratify in the vertical dimension; the hidden order shaping how organisms live in and on each other – the same geometries that describe the diversity of species in the canopies of forests also govern life in other living systems, from the oceans to the linings of our mouths; and the insights into human society from this “canopy biology”.

Draws from his books The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy, Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions, and The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall.

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