[ExI] Evolution

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon May 25 17:05:47 UTC 2020

Classic case of 'good enough for who it's for'.  bill w

On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 11:17 AM Dave Sill via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 1:30 AM The Avantguardian via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> It is true that deleterious mutations are more common than beneficial
>> ones. It is the price that life pays for searching fitness-space for
>> greener pastures on the other side of the valley of death. That being said,
>> automotive engines display a different sort of complexity than living
>> systems. The complexity of the car engine is imposed upon it a top-down
>> fashion. Because of that, the engine's parts are very specialized and
>> essential. This has the effect of making the engine brittle and
>> failure-prone.
> No, engines are brittle because that's the way we design them. We don't
> design them to last a million miles or to be inherently redundant, we
> design them to be relatively robust, inexpensive, and efficient. Would you
> pay $200,000 for a car that got 15 mpg, performed like a Camry, and had an
> drive train that was unlikely to ever need repair? Engineering is about
> trade-offs. Manufacturers know what buyers will buy and design their
> products to meet that demand.
> -Dave
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