The myth that nature knows something we don’t

I look to nature for inspiration, but something has bothered me for a while. Nature doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Take genetics for example, nature isn’t combining them in a smart way, it’s simply combining them randomly. Poor outcomes filter themselves out, while good outcomes thrive.

If someone was born with small nostrils, and heavy nose hair causing them breathing issues, it’s not good just because nature arrived at it. All it means is nature arrived at that “design” and thought it was worth testing based on the fitness of the parents genetics that produced it. It may be possible that combination prevents strenuous tasks because breathing during it is difficult.

Nature can be inspiration, but make sure that it’s a good design you’re inspired by. Natural doesn’t equal best in all cases.