I have heard the term but have not explored the concept in detail until now. The idea that these genetic algorithms are not sophisticated enough to perform as intended does not surprise me. I guess I am not sure how that has any relevance to the problem at hand. The simulators would have no such computing resource limitations and their algorithms would be as sophisticated as theoretically possible. I do not see them having any problem simulating evolution if they so desired. My question is whether or not this (simulated evolution) would really be evolution in the same sense as evolution in a totally natural universe on a totally natural (non-simulated) world. In my mind evolution requires some element of randomness, randomness of nature, of chance that a certain thing will happen and another will not. Ultimately, the randomness of genetic mutation. In the simulated universe there is no randomness, except perhaps by design, is randomness by design truly random? Am I correct in my belief that randomness is a requirement for true evolution by natural selection? Is Captain Crunch with Crunchberries still Captain Crunch, At what point (dimensions) does a frosted wheat become a frosted mini-wheat? and at the exact moment of transition between regular wheat and mini-wheat, what sort of wheat is it? These are all hard questions for which I do not have the answers. However, for the last three questions I have the contents of the questions in my cupboard and shall be selecting one of them for my before bed snack.
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