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More complex than it needs to be: Why?

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I was thinking about the two previous math articles, and the awe-inspiring vistas of mathematics, and realized that I had a kind of math nerd aspect to my personality, which led me to contemplate the complexity of a person’s personality. I know that people have many similarities, and thus we can talk about, e.g., how “psychology” in general works. But still: each person has a complex personality, and each personality (and psychology) is unique—easy to see: how many of you have met the same identical personality in two bodies: the same “person”, just different bodies? No one? Right.

So: why all this complexity? Certainly anything that complex comes with a cost—I suppose the cost of pushing uphill against entropy. To create and maintain such a complexity has to cost something, and evolutionary bookkeeping suggests that there must be a benefit that repays the cost: perhaps all that personal complexity is just the human version of the bowerbird: they build displays, we build personalities, and both activities are to attract mates and reproduce.

I can see that could move toward complexity in Darwin’s algorithm: like the peacock’s tail-feather display, our personalities: both complex, both mainly to attract mates.

So I guess in an evolutionary context, it’s not “more complex than it needs to be”: it has to be that complex to compete.

Written by Leisureguy

30 November 2013 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Daily life

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