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

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Comment author: anonymous12 25 December 2007 11:49:24PM 0 points [-]

Wonderful essay, but when you write, "There's no Evolution Fairy who can watch the gene pool and say, "Hm, that gene seems to be spreading rapidly - I should distribute it to everyone", aren't you leaving out the classic evolution fairy, Cupid?

What Eliezer is saying here is that biological adaptations cannot get fixed in a population by "becoming common knowledge" and being universally adopted, the way innovations in the business and engineering world spread. Even an artificial breeding program has to work within these constraints: there's a limit to how much reproductive skew you can supply.