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Why evolution is better than design

Nature is smarter than people

By John Kay   November 2015

An English-teaching robot stands in front of children at an elementary school in Daejeon, South Korea. © AFP PHOTO / HO / Knowledge Economy Ministry

The Evolution of Everything, by Matt Ridley (Fourth Estate, £20)

Evolution is descent with modification. Adaptations happen: some adaptations are advantageous and advantageous adaptations are replicated. In Darwinian natural selection, genes experience random mutation, a few of these…

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