Originally Posted by badhatharry
I think I answered this but it isn't showing up. But I have some more thoughts. I'm still having trouble with the word arbitrary. I think you may be fudging when you say seemingly random as opposed to random.
I also don't think it's true to say one can't reliably understand the relationship between inputs and outputs. Surely evolution can be understood in this way.
gotta go to work.
I'm not sure what you think I'm fudging here. I do (as always) recommend James Gleicks's masterpiece
. It's an engaging read, and an eye opener in regard to the nature of the world.