Metabolism is a biological regularization algorithm

Date created: 2022-07-19

The human brain consumes around a fifth of our calories, which is a testament to its importance. But a more complex brain probably suffered from Diminishing returns so we didn’t end up with brains that consumed 50% of our energy.

The burden of metabolism, for instance, acts as a brake on the complexity of organisms, introducing a caloric penalty for overly elaborate machinery.


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