Just kidding, just wanted to post something from cyriak
Evolution in one single video(7 posts) (4 voices)
I just completed my genetic algorithm thingy....
You start with a population of minimal individuals, barely squares.
For the first 80 or so generations they just stay there, their genetic code increasing and becoming more complex.
Then, some of them start to duplicate and you get 2-cellular bodies...
Then, variety suddenly explodes.
I can save the entire population through its whole history and review it individual per individual, generation after generation.
Trying to upload it on github.
You have outgeeked me, sir. The last programming project that I tackled for my own amusement was a 3D starmap.
FO, sounds like you just modeled the Cambrian Explosion.
@kessy: I thought about exactly that, but it happened with multicellularity (which is totally an english word!)
Actually, it just happens as soon as the genome accumulates enough stemming promoters (my cells don't divide, they stem).
Still, it takes time to reach that point and until then stem promoters are just useless genetic baggage, which however does not get completely eliminated.
For those who know how to install Python, the code is here: https://github.com/xarvh/bluegenesis.git
(you will need the Pyglet library to actually display the critters).
I think the existence of useless genetic baggage is one of the simplest ways to completely deflate the irreducible complexity argument. So what if a certain structure doesn't work if you break it into parts? The parts don't have to work, or even be expressed, they just have to not put the organism at a disadvantage.
There's beauty in life's garbage. ^_^
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