From: Randall Randall (email@example.com)
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://
> dspace.dial.pipex.com/jcollie/sle/, 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.
...in the absence of error correcting mechanisms being produced
by natural selection.
-- Randall Randall <firstname.lastname@example.org> "Perhaps the real obstacle to the widespread adoption of CL is that the language is inherently blasphemous." - Alan Crowe
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