Orgel's Rules

Evolutionary Theory At Work ~ ADAPT

Orgel's Rules are a set of axioms attributed to the evolutionary biologist Lesie Orgel (01/12/1927 - 10/27/2007)

First Rule: "Whenever a spontaneous process is too slow or too inefficient a protein will evolve to speed it up or make it more efficient".

Second Rule: "Evolution is cleverer than you are" .

The second rule expresses the sometimes experienced fact, that "trial and error" strategies are better than centralized intelligent human planning.

Tim Harford, economist and author of Adapt, explains this concept for us...