Monday, 28 October 2013

Fidelity, fecundity and longevity - in 3D

One of the nice bits of Peter Godfrey-Smith's book Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection is his three-dimensional diagrams of Darwinian processes.

However, he doesn't draw what seems to me to be the most obvious diagram - featuring fidelity, fecundity and longevity. So, I rendered it myself:


  1. Interesting model: a) what is DRM? b) can you give examples of the other corners c) extreme fidelity is also a threat.

  2. "DRM" = "Digital Rights Management". Perhaps I should have put "sterile worker" instead.

    Yes, extreme fidelity can lead to extinction, but if so, it also leads to reduced fecundity or reduced longevity along the way...