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However, the mutation rate must be decreased, or the selection coefficient increased, proportionally to the square of the number of nodes (N 2) to maintain the same level of performance for natural selection. We know that there is significant selective pressure against a high mutation rate because random mutations to effectively designed systems tend to be maladaptive. We also know that evolution has resulted in organisms with ingenious and effective mechanisms to reduce mutation rates. Kauffman’s position, however, is that natural selection would be left fighting a losing battle of reducing mutation rates in order to design even more complex genetic networks.

A generic network has an adaptivity level equal to the median of all possible variants of that network type. It is the expected adaptivity level of a network with no selective history. 3 The fitness landscape of gradualist networks. 32 Chapter 2 adaptivity of a generic network. By setting this network as a point of 0 percent designedness and the optimal network as 100 percent, I determined the scales of design of the different models, with their different fitness landscapes. I then compared the designedness of each under appropriately similar selection regimes.

98) There are many responses to Intelligent Design arguments. Some have argued that the systems to which Behe points are not irreducibly complex, and have noted that there are simpler forms of those systems that still carry out the same functions. Others have argued that the ancestor system Evolvability of Gene Regulation Networks 21 carried out a different function, and that thus the claim of irreducible complexity (which must be made relative to a particular function) is not relevant to showing that the system could not have evolved by natural selection (for another function).

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