Re: DWM + NS

From: Darryl Maddox (
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 07:06:26 EST

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    You might try reading the book "Signs of Life" by Ricard Sole' and Brian
    Goodwin, Basic Books 2000. It references several computer simulations and
    if none are appropriate one of them might contain a reference to something
    of value.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Walter Hicks" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 1:06 AM
    Subject: DWM + NS

    > Burgy,
    > Thanks for your reply.
    > What I have often wondered about (quantitatively and mathematically) is:
    > Why hasn't Darwin's DWM plus Natural Selection (NS) been established to
    > be possibly valid with a simple mathematical modeling and simulation (or
    > analysis) of the process? This may well have been done and I simply do
    > not where to find it. Does anyone know of such a study?
    > I tried to model DWM + NS by mathematically choosing an "ENTITY" as a
    > string of binary numbers. I allowed the process of change to be random
    > (with a probability "p" for each digit). I then used a rule of
    > (0=BAD) and (1=GOOD). I allowed a certain number of "NEW GENERATIONS" in
    > each step of the program. These were the "DWM". I then applied "NS" by
    > selecting the best 50% (by a sum of the
    > digits (as a figure of NS merit) to continue ---- while extinguishing
    > the other 50%. Despite this logical extension to preserving the best of
    > each new generation, the net result has been (so far) to be no
    > particular improvement in survival. That is very confusing to me and I
    > surely must be doing something very fundamentally wrong.
    > Any advice or comments?
    > Walt
    > --
    > ===================================
    > Walt Hicks <>
    > In any consistent theory, there must
    > exist true but not provable statements.
    > (Godel's Theorem)
    > You can only find the truth with logic
    > If you have already found the truth
    > without it. (G.K. Chesterton)
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