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Since the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species over 150 years ago, it has become increasingly recognized that we humans, as well as other species on earth, are the product of an evolutionary process. Along with the ever-compounding data has come an increased understanding of the mechanisms involved, which now offer us a window by which to view the practical implications of evolutionary principles, or the rules of evolution, if you will. Therefore, these principles can serve as benchmarks by which to assess various human ideas and policies for their viability in association with the degree of individual and group survivability they produce. From this predictions can be made as to which human individuals and groups will be the most likely to produce the future representatives of the species, based on how compatible their policies are with the rules of evolution. But perhaps more importantly, these benchmarks will provide the ideas that allow policies to be optimally designed from the start, such that they only require minimal fine-tuning via trial and error, thereby allowing human individuals, groups, and/or the species as a whole to maximize prospects for long-term survival.

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