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Comment author: RichardKennaway 13 June 2012 11:47:07AM 3 points [-]

Evolution is a gigantic optimization process with a maximand

Success for the fox is failure for the rabbit; success for the rabbit is failure for the fox. What is the maximand?

Comment author: TheOtherDave 13 June 2012 01:32:56PM 0 points [-]

OTOH, as rabbits become better fox-evaders, foxes become better rabbit-hunters. If there exists some thing X that fox-evasion and rabbit-hunting have in common, it's possible (I would even say likely) that X is increasing throughout this process.

Comment author: timtyler 13 June 2012 11:22:36PM 1 point [-]

Increasing != maximising, though. Methane is increasing in both cases - but evolution doesn't maximise methane production.

Comment author: TheOtherDave 14 June 2012 02:36:25AM 0 points [-]

Not sure why it's relevant, but certainly true.

Comment author: timtyler 13 June 2012 11:18:03PM *  0 points [-]

So: entropy, as far as we can tell. See the works of Dewar, referenced here. Or for a popular version, try: Whitfield, John Survival of the Likeliest? for a popular version from someone other than me.