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As time goes on this random, meaningless population of letters will be transformed into a list of meaningful words. This would seem to be an increase in information.

Now suppose the words are randomly arranged into groups and each time a meaningful sentence is created, it is put aside and maintained. Now we have even more organization and information.

Seems to me almost inevitable that new information will arise if there exists a process that creates even random variation (e.g., mutation) combined with another process that selects for some higher level of organization, such as functionality (e.g., natural selection).


i think that's an excellent analogy
( since i've never heard it before, i'll be interested in other opinions )

not being at all familiar with Information Theory.... is it a real increase in information, or just seems to be? (but then, does a Bird ,say, really have more information than a Cricket?)


-j
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