One fascinating example of co-operation occurs in nature with the bacteria Vibrio Fischeri. This bacteria’s unusual ability is that it is able to produce light.
They co-operate on two levels.
Secondly, they co-operate with each other. The bacteria only produce light when there is enough of them to produce enough light to make a difference. They do this through something call quorum sensing.
Producing light when there are only a few bacteria together is a waste of precious resources. The strategy to only produce light when there is enough bacteria to make a difference is evolutionary superior to an un-coordinated strategy.
Today’s takeaway: Does your strategy have critical mass, or are you lighting a match to light up a cave?