Time and Knowability in Evolutionary Processes

@article{Sober2014TimeAK,
  title={Time and Knowability in Evolutionary Processes},
  author={Elliott Sober and Mike A. Steel},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={81},
  pages={558 - 579}
}
Historical sciences like evolutionary biology reconstruct past events by using the traces that the past has bequeathed to the present. Markov chain theory entails that the passage of time reduces the amount of information that the present provides about the past. Here we use a Moran process framework to show that some evolutionary processes destroy information faster than others. Our results connect with Darwin’s principle that adaptive similarities provide scant evidence of common ancestry… Expand
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