Somehow I think the blind watchmaker evolution needs a little help from that venerable field of chemistry...thermodynamics. Anyone who has suffered through it might find interesting connections. Could it be that there are some useful issues to include that are now hard to conceptualize much less quantify. Recall the oxcart theory of motion...there was no way to measure friction at the time so it was ignored. Newton's ideas of motion were set up all outside the concept of friction. Then using his ideas...friction was then "invented". Since then the Oxcart theory has gone extinct.
Let's try it...complexity...that would be entropy. What else....OOPS...can't think of any. Well entropy is has this god like thing about it. There is also something called negentropy...I think that would be "order". Hum...don't we need something. There's gibbs free energy...heat of formation...heat capacity....temperature...calories...lots of stuff. I'll bet that in the field of information theory there are ways to handle the blind watchmaker issues that now not only seem vaguely qualifiable..entirely untestable and not particularly quantifiable.
OK...there's this thermo/world thing called the "universe"...whether it be open or closed. In thermo it's called an open system or closed system. Any creative folks out there who want to hack out a rough outline? I tried once...I invented something called an "info-el". It was like a "pixel". But I got stuck. I was using maps at the time and trying to quantify the amount of information it contained. I knew the scale of the map mattered and the curvyness of the lines mattered but I was stumped. In the blind watchmaker we see hacking on the complexity issue but there is something missing...something big and vague...something like friction.
Maybe my so called "info-el" is definable as the radius of the smallest area defined on the map. So...how do we get to the blind watchmaker issue...well...the eye maps out the world...right? So...Dawkins spends time on eyeballs....lots of time. Can anyone make sense of the arguments he puts forth.
Freezingly yours...Steve in Galena