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Conservation of Information and Coevolution: New BIO-Complexity Article by Ewert and Marks | Evolution News

September 27, 2017

“…complex innovations, such as new body plans, require radical innovations which, in turn, require large amounts of new information. The environment is often claimed to provide this new information, which is believed to be hidden in the fitness landscapes coupled to coevolutionary interactions. However, this research by Ewert and Marks directly challenges the claim. The search space corresponding to biological forms is vastly greater than what could be searched through random mutations in the offspring of any species. And natural selection cannot help without being provided large amounts of information on where new forms reside. For coevolutionary processes are no more efficient at solving problems than traditional evolutionary algorithms, and the latter are no more efficient on average than random searches.”

Source: Conservation of Information and Coevolution: New BIO-Complexity Article by Ewert and Marks | Evolution News

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