Intelligent Bacteria: Cells are Incredibly Smart

For years I just sort of assumed that cells were self-reproducing blobs of protein. Maybe you did too. Turns out they’re way smarter than that. You will be amazed at this video. Dr. Bonnie Bassler from Princeton University presents a beautiful TED talk on how bacteria communicate with each other by forming words out of simple molecules. She also explains…

  • How bacteria strategize together on how to ‘take down’ their host
  • Elegant systems of bioluminescence
  • Symbiotic relationships between organisms
  • Cells speak multiple languages

Enjoy this remarkable presentation. And a sincere thanks to Patrik Beno for sharing it with me. Perry Marshall Further Reading: Nature Magazine on the sophisticated community behavior of Myxobacteria

93 Responses

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  3. Mevashir says:

    Have you ever considered this question?

    Bacteria are probably the most ubiquitous organisms in the world.

    There are more bacteria in one human being than all life forms on earth together!

    Bacteria are suited to thrive in almost every conceivable environment.

    Given all this: why would bacteria ever “evolve” into a higher life form? What selective advantage would they find higher up the theorized evolutionary ladder?

  4. Mevashir says:

    i did write to Prof. Bonnie directly along with her entire lab.

    also sent her your article link.

  5. Brandon says:

    If a designer designed DNA code and let it replicate itself eventually producing the evolutionary human, what was the ultimate purpose for doing so and did the designer know that a human would result far in the distant future. Once this human came into being did the designer then decide to have a relationship with the human. Do you believe that the God of the Bible was this designer and if so how do you explain the creation of Adam who was formed by God from the dust of the ground?

    • Perry Marshall says:

      I like the Westminister confession: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and live with him forever.”

      I think Christianity is very much compatible with modern science.

      “Formed from the dust of the ground” leaves out all the details, which science is filling in.

      Adam wasn’t the first human, Adam was the first prophet. We have decent reasons to believe that Adam was a real guy who lived in Mesopotamia and the book “Historical Genesis from Adam to Abraham” by Fischer is a model with much to commend it.

  6. Jeff says:

    Loving your book. Reading it as I can. I’m sure you’ve seen this article?

  7. skfarblum says:

    I checked your references in your book.Did you read
    the works of Rubert Sheldrake and his morphic fields?
    Also if you can handle it.
    Our Unseen Guest: The Finley’s Conversations with Stephen, 1920 , New Introduction by Linda Pendleton

    • Perry Marshall says:

      I am familiar with Sheldrake’s work, and I enjoyed this video of him along with my friend Denis Noble and another geneticist:

  8. Christopher Jones says:

    For those interested, I just found a 2017 article, titled “Microbes Have Their Own Version of the Internet”. Importantly, they have the article in the “hard science” category:

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