Intelligent Design

Does evolution destroy CSI?

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Portraits of Darwin created by a computer model of evolution acting on the painting top left.

NATURE today published a piece by Kevin Padian entitled “Darwin’s enduring legacy”. The title page of the essay has this picture.

I think the computer simulation of evolution has grossly degraded the CSI contained in the original picture in an irreversible manner. This is the type of thing that evolution is good at doing, and it is hardly a process I would let loose on biological systems if I were seeking improvements!

4 Replies to “Does evolution destroy CSI?

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    Venus Mousetrap says:

    I have seen these evolving pictures before, and they’re actually quite fun, but I haven’t seen people try to evolve an existing picture. It doesn’t make sense to.

    What they have probably done is taken the picture, and run it into randomly generated functions – it’s actually the function that is evolving, not the picture. At every step, a human selects which one they like best – directed selection – and the process repeats. So this is actually ID, not evolution.

    I’m not sure about the CSI decreasing, however. Anyone able to get values of the CSI for each picture?

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    Frost122585 says:

    You could get the design of the original picture back from the last one- but of course an intelligence would have to design it.

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    congregate says:

    Anyone able to get values of the CSI for each picture?

    Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

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    tribune7 says:

    I think the computer simulation of evolution has grossly degraded the CSI contained in the original picture in an irreversible manner.
    Like instantly.
    LOL. It proves entropy increases, not that things evolve in response to their environment.

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