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hickman1937 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 11:20 PM
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So am I the last to know?
Apparently at Michigan State, scientists are proving that evolution works? I just got my copy of Discover, and a program called Avida is "not a simulation of evolution; it is an instance of it." Did anyone else read this. I can't post a link because they still have their Jan. issue up, and this is from Feb.
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pres2032 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 11:23 PM
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1. how?
are they speeding up the process?
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hickman1937 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 11:33 PM
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4. A physicist at Caltech set out to create the conditions
in which a computer program could evolve the ability to do addition. It would take me an hour, with my abysmal typing skills to describe what happened after that. They seem pretty excited though.
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 11:24 PM
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2. Nope, I'm the last to know.....
I got my copy of Discover and haven't read it yet.
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 11:25 PM
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3. Here's some information on it
Edited on Mon Jan-10-05 11:27 PM by Mabus
http://dllab.caltech.edu/avida / It's downloadable

Avida is an auto-adaptive genetic system designed primarily for use as a platform in Digital or Artificial Life research. In lay terms, Avida is a digital world in which simple computer programs mutate and evolve.

Avida allows us to study questions and perform experiments in evolutionalry dynamics and theoretical biology that are intractable in real biological system.

P.S If it concerns evolution you can be sure there are millions of republicans who haven't heard of it. You're far from last :toast:
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