> What if there is a convention adopted by the entities involved that
> unconstrained replication is not allowed. Any unconstrained replication
This assumes monoculture, or a singularly powerful all-controlling
species (and I do really mean singularly powerful). Even if such a
thing would be possible (without self-destruction, as a trivial
solution) is not obvious. I mean, how a Darwinian system can leave the
evolutionary regime, that does not follow.
> is viewed as a threat and is prevented. Some entities would like to
> replicate, but they cannot. Most do not want to replicate, and attempt
> to prevent others from doing so.
A mechanism? Both for action, and how an evolutionary regime can be
> This is a common theme explored in science fiction, where in an
> overpopulated world there are laws regulating the number of children.
> A moderate form of this is supposedly already being practiced in China.
> It seems to me that this would be a stable situtation, and one which
> might be adopted because it produces a better outcome for the participants
> than they would get in a world of unconstrained replication.
Two ifs. How to get there from here, and how to enforce the mutation ban.
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