Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.
—H. G. Wells
Throughout the history of the human species, people have learned to adapt to the environment. When the weather got too cold during the ice ages, Northern Hemisphere peoples either migrated south or adapted their clothing to live in the cold. People have adapted their eating habits, tools, and resistance to certain germs. Theories of physical and cultural evolution postulate that successful human populations and processes continuously adapt to their environments.
As a complex process practiced by a specialized subpopulation in a rapidly changing technological ...