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34 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 November 2007 03:45PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 01 May 2012 10:55:26PM 1 point [-]

Yes. But it took 3.5 billion years and we had to sacrifice teeth, claws, big muscles, running fast, toxic weapons, immune system strength, flight and a lot of other things, and we are still broken as hell.

Go fig. Go read an evolution textbook.

[I know that 'sacrificing' is not factually true, but it illustrates the point well]

Comment author: Incorrect 01 May 2012 11:03:21PM 0 points [-]

We are long-lived and good long distance runners though.

Comment author: Luaan 22 August 2012 11:30:38AM 0 points [-]

Strictly speaking, the long life is probably not a good thing from evolutionary standpoint, since it means more resources are consumed by individuals that aren't reproducing any more. Or maybe the environment is more challenging and thus more conductive to smaller advantages? I know very little about evolution...