The value of death: A lesson from Daisyworld

Bardeen, Matthew. “The value of death: A lesson from Daisyworld.” The 17 th White House Papers Graduate Research In Informatics at Sussex (2004).


Death is the endpoint of all living things, and while it is tempting to think of it as an inherently random process, this is far from the truth. Environmental factors, such as lack of food and temperature variations, increase the chance of death in many organisms. This idea is one of the central tenants of Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Organisms which are less fit for
their environment are replaced by those which are more fit.