There seems to be, as there are stories that crop up repeatedly.
Originally Posted by sithum
One such law is that optimization happens at the local rather than global level, so species develops in the direction of short term gains.
One example is the arms race you get when a prey animal hits upon growing armor as a defense against a predator and the predator hits on bigger weapons as a result, you get an arms race where both species are locked in a dead end competition for ever thicker hide and ever larger teeth and claws until both become so encumbered that the predator can't catch anything except it's opponent and it's opponent can't drag itself to new food fast enough at which point both go extinct.
It takes about 5 million years and has happened at least five times so far.
One consequence of the local optimization law is that if multiple solutions exist for a problem and the benefits of the initial steps of all of them are pretty much the same, then no matter the eventual benefits of one solution over another it's random which one is picked.
Another is that of there is only a few general solutions, dictated by physics,, it will be used repeatedly. (streamlining, eyes with lenses)
Reductionist and proud of it.
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