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My Steam Engine is Broken by Dr. Mark Powell, Jonathan Gifford

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CHAPTER 10

INCREASING THE GENE POOL

WHY DIVERSITY IS EVERYTHING AND MONOCULTURE IS NO CULTURE AT ALL

Everything that we know about life on earth (we don’t know much about life anywhere else in the universe, sadly) tells us that diversity is key. Diversity is everything.

Evolution needs diversity as the raw material that spins off one billion unsuccessful variants of possible life forms – the ones that do not, in fact, have any evolutionary advantage – but also, gloriously, the one-billion-and-first variant that happens to have that magical advantage: the ability to exploit a particular environment in a slightly different way, allowing either its mere survival (which is remarkable in itself) or its possible dominance – until, that is, another ...

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