Message 47 of 47 (17641)
09-18-2002 1:24 AM
That's why evolution requires both mutation and natural selection together.
Any mutation has small chance of being beneficial, regardless of the number of neutral or negative mutations. Selection is the process of eliminating the larger number of negative mutations, leaving only the neutral or beneficial mutations.
All mutations that increase the novelty in the genome "add" information to the genome. Selection is the process which eliminates the "unspecified" information, leaving only specified information behind.
The combination is evolution, and it is both mathematically and naturally inevitable in any genetic replicating system.
[This message has been edited by Rationalist, 09-18-2002]