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Evolutionary algorithms smuggle in design in the fitness function (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Evolutionary algorithms smuggle in design in the fitness function (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CF011.:

Genetic algorithms are claimed to demonstrate that evolutionary processes can create design, but in such algorithms, the design is smuggled in in the form of the fitness function. Evolutionary algorithms do not create specified complexity.

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CreationWiki response:

First of all, it needs to be noted that it is Evolutionists who have claimed a connection between Evolution and genetic algorithms. This claim is simply a response to those Evolutionists. There are two main reasons why they do not even come close.

1. As Talk Origins indicates, " they calculate fitness by comparison with a predefined optimum."

2. Degradation of any original information is prevented by keeping it intact until a more "fit" version is produced. The new version is then preserved until a more "fit" version is produced. This does not occur in DNA.


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