(Biophysiscs) Failures of the human body

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jim mcnamara
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An interesting, edgy concept. The citation is from an oddball site. It is probably a better fit in General Discussion, but if we had a weird news section it would be good fit there. Moved.
 
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Evolution is an imperfect process that can be limited by historical contingency. One can think of evolution like a Monte Carlo optimization method that can get stuck in a local maxima without having found the global maximum. Some of the examples in the article certainly could be due to these processes.

A few more examples are given in a 2015 piece appearing in the Nautilus magazine (from which the Misterios Do Mundo piece was derived): http://nautil.us/issue/24/error/top-10-design-flaws-in-the-human-body

A different set of "flaws" are listed in this article from Gizmodo: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-most-unfortunate-design-flaws-in-the-human-body-1518242787

Regarding the retina being "backward," there have been some studies suggesting that this layout may allow cell bodies within the retina to act as optical waveguides to help channel light through the retinal tissue to the photoreceptors:
https://physics.aps.org/story/v25/st15
http://www.pnas.org/content/104/20/8287
 
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I think there is a myth that nature's products are the best for the situation. Natures product are not necessarily the best they only have to work and survive to be reproduced.
 
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I think there is a myth that nature's products are the best for the situation. Natures product are not necessarily the best they only have to work and survive to be reproduced.
What would be the best ways? [thinking]
 
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There are a lot of errors, some explainable by poor translation, some not.
Thanks, Russ! Drasil explained that with one article posted on this topic.
 

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