“In general, survival is the only road to riches. Let me say that again: Survival is the only road to riches.” –Financial historian, economist, and educator Peter L. Bernstein (2004 interview with Jason Zweig)
…the cockroach simply scurries away when little hairs on its legs vibrate from puffs of air, puffs that might signal an approaching predator, like you. That is all it does. It doesn’t hear, it doesn’t see, it doesn’t smell. It ignores a wide set of information about the environment that you would think an optimal system would take into account. The cockroach would never win the “best designed bug” award in any particular environment, but it does “good enough” and makes it to the finish line in all of them.
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