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The Green Lumber Fallacy: The Difference between Talking and Doing | FarnamStreetBlog

The Green Lumber Fallacy: The Difference between Talking and Doing | FarnamStreetBlog

Before we get to the meat, let’s review an elementary idea in biology that will be relevant to our discussion.

If you’re familiar with evolutionary theory, you know that populations of organisms are constantly subjected to “selection pressures” — the rigors of their environment which lead to certain traits being favored and passed down to their offspring and others being thrown into the evolutionary dustbin.

Biologists dub these advantages in reproduction “fitness” — as in, the famously lengthening of giraffe necks gave them greater “fitness” in their environment because it helped them reach high up, untouched leaves.

Source: The Green Lumber Fallacy: The Difference between Talking and Doing