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How Learning Can Guide Evolution

Hinton, Geoffrey E. and Nowlan, Steven J. (1987) How Learning Can Guide Evolution. Complex Systems 1:pp. 495-502.

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The assumption that acquired characteristics are not inherited is often taken to imply that the adaptations that an organism learns during its lifetime cannot guide the course of evolution. This inference is incorrect (Baldwin, 1896). Learning alters the shape of the search space in which evolution operates and thereby provides good evolutionary paths towards sets of co-adapted alleles. We demonstrate that this effect allows learning organisms to evolve much faster than their nonlearning equivalents, even though the characteristics acquired by the phenotype are not communicated to the genotype.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:connectionism, biology, evolution, Baldwin, Waddington, organic selection, genetic assimilation, Lamarck, Darwin
Subjects:Theory > General
Psychology > Computational
Psychology > Modeling
Psychology > Evolution
ID Code:172
Deposited By:Green, Christopher D.
Deposited On:21 July 2003