From: Van oost Kenneth (email@example.com)
Date: Sun 12 Jan 2003 - 15:33:25 GMT
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From: "Ray Recchia" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> His paper would have been helped immensely if he were familiar with
> Eigen's mathematically defined quasi-species and error catastrophe
> threshold. A quasi-species is a population of variants that hovers around
> a fitness peak. The constant introduction of error insures that no member
> has ideal fitness, but so long as the error rate does not exceed the
> selectivity factor modified by overall complexity, the species will
> continue to maintain a average genotype approximating the ideal fitness
Hm, what about the Fosbury- flop used in high- jumping !?
Introduced it was then the ideal fitness candidate, but are there still
introduced within the technique so that no atlete has ideal fitness !?
This implies two ( possible) things, 1- that indeed something like directed
mutation is at work, causing silent mutations within so that noone ever
will achieve ideal fitness. That has to be prooven, though !
2- That along the way of selection, the problem ' not to reach for the
ideal fitness peak ' can be overcome by raising the odds of selection
for taller people to jump.
Fosbury was, I think about 1. 80 or more !?, but now high- jumpers
can reach 2.00m and more. So IMO, the constant introduction of
possible errors is overcome by genetical selection for taller, stronger
atletes. In a way, a very tall man, lets say 2. 45 can reach the ideal
fitness peak if ever no taller man takes on the challenge to jump higher.
If of course, a complete new technique would be introduced, the whole
of the picture change.
Bubka, the Russian jumping- pole atlete never could have reached
6 m and more if 1_ others didn 't concerned themselves with the in-
vention of new materials and 2_ the rules weren 't be changed so
that taller poles were allowed to use.( And taller poles means that
stronger man are the ones who can compete_ you must have the
strenght to lift the pole in the air and run with it along a parcours, to
stick it in a tiny hole and catapult yourself over the bar.)
Is this considered by you or by others as an introduction of an
Bubka achieved ideal fitness peak, in understanding that his own
personal technique was evolved out of the use of the poles and
due to the changed rules. Will ever be someone tempted to
achieve yet another ideal fitness peak, yes, but will this be due
to the introduction of any " error "....!?
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