Re: ESSAY: Program length, Omega and Friendliness

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Thu Feb 23 2006 - 09:52:57 MST

On Feb 23, 2006, at 10:57 AM, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Natural selection pressure on mammals maxes out at O(1) bits (of
> Shannon information) per generation. See http://
>, though the argument is older
> than that - it appears for example in George Williams's "Adaptation
> and Natural Selection".
> Bases mutate at a rate of 1e-8 per base per generation.
> Thus natural selection cannot maintain more than 1e8 bits of
> information against the pressure of degenerative mutation. the absence of error correcting mechanisms being produced
by natural selection.

Randall Randall <>
"Perhaps the real obstacle to the widespread adoption of CL is that
  the language is inherently blasphemous." - Alan Crowe

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