13 September 2016


No matter how big you grow, you are still vulnerable to a single accident. This includes a single self-inflicted accident.

For robustness, growing is helpful but not sufficient. You need to reproduce.

However, reproduction is not merely making copies. That is barely different from growth.  Again, redundant structures and information help, but they're not sufficient.

To survive longer periods and greater risks, you need to duplicate and separate.

The bigger you are, the further you have to separate.

Your "size" is not your mass, it is the space you occupy. If you are frequently highly mobile, that is like being large, and means you have to separate further.

There are two ways to separate: either you use a different mechanism of movement for separation than for all other purposes, (like a plant seed blowing on the wind), or you make a sustained determined effort to escape, to run far away from all of your kind, with a high speed and consistency of direction that you do not use for any purpose other than separation.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Exactly what lemmings do when they get too crowded. Run, don't walk, away from your birthplace. If blocked by a body of water, start swimming even if you can't see the other side. If you slow down or deviate from a straight line, the migratory wave will overtake you and leave you in a barren wasteland where all edible vegetation has been nibbled down to nothing.