In an discussion with some fundamentalist religious people, I am related to, they brought up the argument that:
“Life cant create itself from chaos, like a book cant write itself from the explosion of a printing house”.
Therefore I want to show them how a book can write itself by the laws of natural selection.
The problem is that in the process of evolution there are millions of decisions to make
and so I need a bigger audience like you got on this webpage.
Second problem is that I don’t have any IT experience and cant program the webpage by myself.
But if we implement this evolution experiment into this webpage maybe we could get some help from the webpage support itself.
I have no private interest in the idea itself just in the scientific result.
The whole process is divided into 4 steps.
We have to start with the evolution of one letter.
My idea is that we have 5x5 pictures that have random arranged pixels.
From those pictures we pick that one that looks the most like a letter we know.
From the picture we chose the webpage creates again 5x5 related pictures that are just a little different from the first one.
Again we chose that one that looks the most like any letter we know.
After some time we should get a picture that should be readable for everyone.
We have to repeat this process until we got one result for every letter and sign we need to write a book.
I attached a picture to this Post that shows how that would look like for the letter A. (Evolution of A)
I’m sure that if we invest enough time that we could get a perfect shaped letter
but that is not necessary because the letter has to be just good enough
like nature is not perfect but good enough to survive.
And we need the motivation more in later steps of the process.
It would be awesome if someone of you had an idea how we could create all the letters from one starting point.
It’s not matching reality that we have one starting point for each letter.
A structure like the tree of life would be awesome.
The second step is really easy to program
but it will be hard to get enough words to build some meaningful sentences.
Even a 5 year old speaks round about 5000 words.
And we cant targeting those words we need the most.
The only good thing is that the most used words are mostly simple.
For the process we start with one letter.
From there we have variations of the letter itself
and/or a second letter and its variations that is attached to the first one.
The steps might look like this for the word mum:
g v f n m
mi ml mv mu
mui mux mum
For more complicated words its needs more steps for the evolution process.
But again we don’t need a perfect solution.
The word just has to be accurate enough that everybody understands it.
But the correcter the word the better the results.
If we connect step 2 and 3 the word can be corrected later and will also change them self in step 3 accordingly.
unterstending dosnnt nead perfekkt explanadions.
In the third step the system of evolution stays the same
but the “speed” of evolution slows down because of the increased time we need for reading it.
But that also happens in real biology
because the lifetime of complex lifeforms are also much longer
than those of the simple ones.
The choices for the sentence building could look like this.
god is paper
god is tree
god is life
god is dead
For the Book we just have to ad up the results we got from step 3.
In this case we cant evolve through the combinations of sentences.
Not because its not possible
but it would need billion of years until we would get a storytelling Book.
Therefor I prefer that you evolve one sentence and than can ad it to the book if you think it fits.
I’m very exited to see which story this audience has to tell through the laws of natural selection.
What do you think of the idea and do you believe that it would be worth the effort?
(Sorry for the English but it’s not my mother tongue)