Pls have a look. As far as I can determine, a lot of theoretical work is done on open ended evolution, but no one has “cracked” it yet when it comes to making an EA that is open ended.
People on this forum are exaggerating what an EA can achieve.
If evolution describes how life moved from a single cell to what it is currently, then obviously all the novelty observed in living organisms is brought about by evolution.
Why do you think biologists are not claiming this?
The way I understand it, an algorithm models a theory. If the algorithm can achieve or predict what happens in real life accurately, the theory is good. The difference between what the algorith can do and what happens in real life is the gap between the theory and reality.
In evolutionary science, novelty is brought about through variation and natural selection. EAs work on the same principle. It’s significant that EAs cannot achieve the same creative power that is observed in nature.
This could be simply because computers do not have the kind of calculating power that nature has… or there is more going on in nature than what is modelled as variation +NS.
However, I am surprised that people here can’t even accept the possibility. It shows a kind of dogmatic commitment.
To be frank, I don’t get how anything can be “calculated” without a mind. Even a computer which is mindless calculates stuff because human beings programme it to.The better word would be “accidenting”… or perhaps “mindless random God knows what”.
It takes a mind to calculate. So the analogy of “computing life” doesn’t really work unless someone is doing the programming IMO.
Biologists do not think science has ruled out God’s tinkering or directing evolution. Some do not think it was necessary, but it is not as if science demonstrates this so. Either way, if God exists (as we both believe he does), he created evolution, and providentially governs it according to his purposes.
So God is responsible for innovations in life like photosynthesis, and this is entirely consistent with mainstream science.
You are inventing and imagining and pressing conflict where it really just does not exist. So many words multiplied in this. Sometime, I really hope, you just pause and think through the vicious cycle you are in. There really is a better way. Come find it with us.
The last time I checked, evolution is a natural non teleological process in which no intelligent mind is tinkering. As far as I can see, this is the mainstream opinion and it has not changed.
Recently, some scientists have spoken about how evolution is “neutral” with respect to God. When push comes to shove, I don’t see evolutionary science acknowledging God as anything more than an unnecessary add on.
I don’t think such science can really be accepted as it is when doing theology for the simple reason that it doesn’t reflect reality. God is not a simple unecessary add-on in creation. He is the creator.
And I think you are working towards a more political solution where scientists agree God could have been involved and theologians cede the space for evolutionary science to constrain interpretations of the creation story.
This is how the entire issue looks like to me.
And of course, we might have different views of what a “win” looks like.
Name even one scientific discipline that regards God as necessary, Ashwin. Do physicists need God in order to describe relativity? Do meteorologists need God to explain clouds? Do chemists need God to explain covalent bonding?
There you go again. Nothing they have said is conflict with what I said. Notice, they are not disputing me. They are disputing you. We are all in agreement that you are out of touch with what we mean when we discuss scientific findings.
I think there’s a difference between these two statements:
A) Science has shown that the diversity of life evolved by a purely natural process without God’s involvement.
B) Science has shown that it is not necessary to think that God was involved in the evolution of life’s diversity, and that a purely natural process could have produced everything we see in life.
I think biologists are generally saying B, but it’s often mistaken for A. I think Ashwin_s is taking the A statement to be implied by the B statement.
Sounds about right, though sometimes some say A when they really mean B, and are easy to correct on this. Non-scientists with an anti-religious agenda? That’s when it get difficult.
No they do not coincide.
We seem to communicate just fine, with each other and with the public. This hang up is owned by you. Certainly others too, but we have made the distinction clear and many many other people have understood.
I think there is a difference. Of course some biologists are going to say that they mean one or the other, but when we look at the actual evidence and the methodology of science, all we can really say is the B statement.
In describing some inferred evolutionary history, scientists can only really say what is likely to have happened (we think that first this evolved and these mutations happened, then later these other mutations happened and so on).
They can’t say anything about the ultimate causes of those mutations. What we can say is that we know mutations happen, and that they’re consistent with our understanding of physics and chemistry, so God is not necessary to make evolution “work”. But how would anyone know that some mutation that occurred in some individual 347 million years ago was not caused to happen by God? It should be clear that nobody could ever claim to really know that.
@Rumraket I think I would probably state your points in a different way too, but I think we are on the same page.
The key point is that there is a lot of evidence for evolution, but science doesn’t tell us if God was involved or if his involvement was necessary. Science doesn’t answer questions like that, and evolutionary science doesn’t rule out God.
Let us take a real life example like the evolution of whales. When a scientist presents tree to represent whale evolution, isn’t it implicit that a series of evolutionary events exist in actual history which achieve all the changes required to move from a pakecetus to a modern whale?
Are you suggesting it’s only a possible way this happened as opposed to a claim about what actually happened in history?