Dawkins and increase in information

David Campbell (bivalve@mailserv0.isis.unc.edu)
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 15:20:23 -0400

Neither party is likely to be without blame. However, the underlying
question is easily answered.

>I just have one final question: Could you give any example of an
>evolutionary process or mechanism which can be seen to create new
>functional information at the genetic level?

Recombination and sexual reproduction produce new combinations of DNA that
may produce novel effects (e.g., children do not exactly match their

Mutation produces new information, and many mutations are functional.

I think a definition of what they mean by "new functional information" is