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Does it make sense to think that algorithms can be specified only for all that which is manmade?

I've been asking myself the following question over and over again: can one write an algorithm (a series of steps for solving a problem) for something that came about through a process that is at least partially foreign to human understanding? Some claim that it is possible to write an algorithm(s) that could, in principle, emulate natural phenomena such as evolution and consciousness, amongst other very abstract concepts. But human beings have neither built evolution nor consciousness. So what would make someone think that it is possible to write an algorithm capable of efficiently reproducing situations and abstractions such as evolution and consciousness? How could one specify the steps of an unknown procedure?