Take a moment to pause and reflect on the wonder of symbiogenesis.
One day you are swimming around in a swirl of your fellow prokaryotic cells. It’s the same ol’ same ol’ dog eat dog rat race that you and your fellow prokaryotes have been engaged in for more than 2 billion years (OK… dogs and rats won’t actually emerge for a couple billion more years, but you get the idea). Just imagine that after all this time in competition, something remarkable happens. You engulf another cell. But instead of digesting it, you start cooperating with it! You combine forces with a former competitor. From disunity, a new unity emerges. And within this new unity, cooperation prevails. Astonishing!
Might the pattern of symbiogenesis hold the key to fostering human collaboration at global scale?
Last month we looked at various ways evolution has overcome the barriers to cooperation. We continue that exploration in this month's blog, with a particular emphasis on cultural evolution.
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Thank you Gerhard Assenmacher for donating your beautiful photo!