The Law of Conservation of Information: Part II

If Information Theory Is Right, Darwinian Evolution Isn't Even Possible

Intelligent design theorists did not invent the term "conservation of information" (CoI). Biologist Peter Medawar (1915-1987) used the term in the 1980s to describe systems that cannot create new information. A number of theorists, including computer scientists Thomas English (1996), and David Wolpert and William Macready (1997), demonstrated the idea, which came to be called No Free Lunch (NFL).

Essentially, a targeted search only performs better than a random one if we have independent information that improves our chances of finding what we're looking for. If we don't have the long-sought map directing us to where "X Marks the...


is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger. She blogs at Blazing Cat Fur, Evolution News & Views, MercatorNet, Salvo, and Uncommon Descent.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #31, Winter 2014 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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