Exactly. And even though we're conflating the model of evolution with the real
thing, I find it difficult to believe the "space" operated on by evolution is
entirely convex or even connected. So, (point) mutation alone may *never*
reach some regions, regardless of infinite individuals, infinite generations,
or infinite space and time.
On 08/12/2017 09:07 AM, Marcus Daniels wrote:
> "Can we truly say that the crossover had nothing to do with the "innovation"
> ... that it only preserved the innovation and the mutation caused it? A
> neutral mutation can't be considered an "innovation", right?"
> A function related by rotation might be a candidate for crossover.
> f(x,y,z,...) -> good
> f(y,z,x,...) -> good
> f(z,x,y,...) -> good
> f(x,z,y,...) -> bad
> Going through the combinations just by using mutation takes forever. But
> splicing at different points would help. One could imagine for motor
> functions these symmetry or shift detectors could be important. (Here it is
> just 1 dimensional.)
FRIAM Applied Complexity Group listserv
Meets Fridays 9a-11:30 at cafe at St. John's College
to unsubscribe http://redfish.com/mailman/listinfo/friam_redfish.com
FRIAM-COMIC http://friam-comic.blogspot.com/ by Dr. Strangelove