Blind Watchmaker Applet

The Blind Watchmaker Applet demonstrates how random variation and non-random selection can combine to form interesting and complex shapes. The gist is that you step through a process where 12 forms are created by small and random variations on a set of genes. At each step, you choose a form to be the parent for the next generation.

I was a little disappointed to discover that I could still get semi-interesting forms by consistently choosing the same slot over and over, thus removing the selection component. On the other hand, the forms I got by actively selecting were more interesting and complex, so it does still demonstrate the power of selection. And it is just a simulation after all.

. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*