Category: Informatics

Why would anyone want to understand information theory?

Because information underlies the universe? more

ID Basics – Information – Part II – When Does Information Arise?

In my first post I discussed the concept of information, in particular whether information is contained in a physical object by its mere existence.  In this post I would like to consider an additional issue relating to information, namely, the point at which information arises or comes into existence. Information is often closely associated with […] more

Intelligent Design Basics – Information

First of all I want to thank the Uncommon Descent moderators for allowing me to post, with a particular hat tip to StephenB.  As I indicated on a prior thread, I am not sure how often I will take the time to create a new thread, but hopefully I can occasionally post something of interest.  […] more

Must there always be an encoder and decoder for information?

The nice thing about getting past materialism and naturalism is that one can start to ask such questions. more

Is information, not matter, the foundation of life?

Information cannot be reduced to matter but can be transmitted immaterially across media. more

Intelligent design vs. Darwinism turns on the centrality of information

A friend writes to say that, listening to the Steve Meyer vs. Charles Marshall radio debate, he sensed that the message regarding the centrality of “information” to the history of life is starting get across. more

Can information theory help us understand the Cambrian explosion?

Tyler writes, Shannon’s theory of information (when applied to the animal genome) has the merit of mathematical rigour, but Meyer shows that this approach gives insight only into a sequence’s capacity to carry information. Whether the sequence is functional is undetermined more

On a stochastic algorithm and its asymptotic behaviour

While most people agree that simple laws/rules per se cannot create information, some believe that algorithms are capable to do that. This seems an odd idea, because algorithms, i.e. sets of instructions, after all can be considered complex laws/rules, or set of rules, sort of generalizations of rules. The usual and simplest example some evolutionists […] more

John Wheeler (1911–2008) summarizes his life in physics

“The more I have pondered the mystery of the quantum and our strange ability to comprehend this world in which we live, the more I see possible fundamental roles for logic and information as the bedrock of physical theory.” more

Is Modularity a Pre-Requisite for Evolvability?

One of my favorite biologists is Gunter Wagner. He makes the claim in Genome Biology and Evolution that evolvability and modularity are highly associated. While not proof of a requirement, I think that Wagner is on the right track. In fact, this sort of research can actually bridge the gap between Intelligent Design and Evolutionary […] more

A moth’s wings feature two flies picking at a pile of bird dropping.

Information transmitted by nobody at all to somebody (a moth predator). Information that happens to be false,which probably increases the complexity. more

Is there evidence that we have free will?

Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? The debate continues with a new publication. But the new study by Han-Gue Jo and colleagues of Freiburg makes a strong case that the “RP” is not really a ‘thing’ at all. They say that, in the two seconds before a button press, you see both negative and positive […] more

The Darwinist and the computer programmer

Actually the available hardware computing power is enormous and the software technologies are very sophisticated and powerful. Given the above fortunate situation about the technological advance of informatics, many phenomena and processes in many fields are successfully computer simulated. Routinely airplane pilots and astronauts learn their job in dedicated simulators, and complex processes, as weather […] more

A real life example of a single point beneficial mutation in typography

Bencze: A successful eco-coinage was put in play by environmentalist Amory Lovins after he came upon it by accident. more

Why doesn’t software industry use evolution?

Industry is constantly searching for technologies to maximize profits and minimize costs. Software industry is no exception (the world software market exceeded $300 billion). Actually some computers can process quadrillions floating-point operations per second (10^15 flops). It would be technically possible to implement on such computers the paradigm of unguided evolution (random variation + selection) […] more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 12—“Can Purifying Natural Selection Preserve Biological Information?”—Excerpt

Authors: The primary findings of this study are that the selection threshold problem is real and that it is more serious than generally recognized. These findings are very robust. more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 12—“Can Purifying Natural Selection Preserve Biological Information?”—Abstract

Authors: Indeed, we find that under most realistic circumstances, the large majority of harmful mutations are essentially unaffected by natural selection and continue to accumulate unhindered. This finding has major theoretical implications … more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Six – Ewert et all on the Tierra evolution program – Summary

“The author of Tierra sought to create a digital Cambrian explosion whereby the power of the evolutionary process was unleashed. It is agreed that Tierra did not succeed in accomplishing this feat. ” more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Six – Ewert et al on the Tierra evolution program – Abstract

The open-ended development of complexity depends on the ability to generate new information, but this is precisely what Tierra struggles to do. more

Jerry Newcombe: Key question about Cambrian (Darwin’s Doubt) is where does complex information come from?

Newcombe: This is not some minor book by an “obscurantist backwoods fundamentalist.” Uh, no. Many wish it were. more

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