Re: That (not so) idiot Darwin

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Jan 16 2001 - 10:15:57 MST

From: "Technotranscendence" <>
> In _Evolution as Entropy_ (2/e), Brooks and Wiley broach the subject of
> I've brought up this book before here, but no one has taken a crack at

Have you read Tom Ray's measurement of evolution and entropy?

Evolution and Entropy
Does evolution lead to a decrease in entropy? In the context of the
current study, entropy was measured as genetic diversity in an ecological
community. This measure showed occasional sharp but transient drops in
entropy. These drops in entropy appear to correspond to the appearance of
highly successful new genotypes whose populations come to dominate large
portions of the memory, pushing other genotypes out, and generating major
extinction events.

How are evolution and entropy related?
Entropy refers to dispersal of energy. Evolution refers to diversification
of form. Both involve a time-dependent relationship between what is actual
and what is possible.

Stay hungry,

--J. R.
3M TA3

Useless hypotheses: consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind,
free will

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