Talk:Evolutionary algorithms smuggle in design in the fitness function (Talk.Origins)
Re: "Degradation of any original information is prevented by keeping it intact until a more "fit" version is produced. The new version is then preserved until a more "fit" version is produced."
This is false. Many evolution simulators and algorithms (e.g. tierra) do not do this.
The first comment is also incorrect, as talk.origins is itself wrong on this point - few evolutionary algorithms work by comparing to a preset optimum since if the optimum was known there'd be no point to running the algorithm.