Evolution is convergent & predictable.
Professor Simon Conway Morris, makes the case for a ubiquitous "map of life" that governs the way in which all living things develop.
It builds on the established principle of convergent evolution, a widely-supported theory -- although one still disputed by some biologists -- that different species will independently evolve similar features.
Conway Morris argues that convergence is not just common, but everywhere, and that it has governed every aspect of life's development on Earth. Proteins, eyes, limbs, intelligence, tool-making -- even our capacity to experience orgasms -- are, he argues, inevitable once life emerges.
The book claims that evolution is therefore far from random, but a predictable process that operates according to a fairly rigid set of rules.
The article goes on a tangent regarding extra-terrestrial life that, as usual in the media, fails to account for the incredible improbability of witnessing evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence. The fact is that even if there was intelligent life in all directions, we'd never know it unless a fluke coincidence occurred.
But all the evolution stuff is very interesting.
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