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36 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 07 November 2007 07:47AM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 08 November 2007 02:10:42AM -2 points [-]

Dude, trying to gain an evolutionary advantage by "restraint in breeding" is like trying to get rich by overpaying your income tax.

No, it's more like putting your money into prudent long-term investments instead of buying lottery tickets. Trying to pump out as many offspring as possible is an extraordinarily bad strategy, which is why so few species ever attempt it. Even the ones that starve to death while guarding their tens of thousands of fertilized eggs don't try it.