Re: [asa] EIC (Evolutionar[il]y Informed Christian)

From: Randy Isaac <randyisaac@comcast.net>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2008 - 22:14:31 EST

David Campbell wrote:

> Information seems more closely related to complexity than to
> specified. The more complex something is, the more information it can
> have.
>
> Intelligence can be used to decide if the information is useful for a
> particular purpose.
>
> The information behind evolution comes from the environment and they
> physical laws of the universe. If the information in the genome of an
> organism corresponds adequately with the information of the
> environment, the organism can survive and reproduce. It's somewhat
> analagous to a computer with a program to randomly generate a maze and
> another program to solve the maze using a trial-error-modify and try
> again approach. There's lots of information there, generated by
> random processes.

Well, not quite. When you say the more complex something is, the more
information it can have, you are technically correct. But you are really
referring to "information capacity" rather than true information. A complex
system can have many configurations and it is possible to encode more
information in it. But it doesn't necessarily have more information. That
depends on how the intelligent agent uses it.

When you say "information behind evolution comes from the environment and
the physical laws of nature" you are really referring to complexity, not
information. The random processes generate complexity that has certain
functionality, not information.

Randy

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