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Mutating Information

  1. Dec 20, 2003 #1
    Is there a set pattern as to how information mutates? I should probably clarify; information like that which changes and evolves due to alteration by people over the internet.

    Example: Some guy doesn't like the idea that the U.S. landed on the moon, so he says it was faked in an air force hanger.

    Smaller example 1: A word that was mispelled in a chain letter is interpreted as a different word, so the person tries to correct it. When the word itself is altered, the sentence no longer makes sense, and the person changes that.

    Smaller example 2: When a chain letter is circulated, and a person doesn't like something written in it ( a number, etc), and thus changes it.

    What I am getting at is that information can be altered by people for any number of reasons, much like a form of natural selection. I'm sorry if this appears long or very strange, but it is late and I haven't had a Red Bull in a while. Replies are appreciated.
     
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  3. Dec 21, 2003 #2

    Another God

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    Beyond believing in a deterministic world, and therefore trying to elucidate the exact causal relationship between the changes, no, I don't think that there is any pattern. Mutations of this type are in essence 'Random'
     
  4. Dec 21, 2003 #3

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    Except maybe mutations induced by virusses?
     
  5. Dec 21, 2003 #4

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    There's lots of research going on now about how the topology of networks affects the spread of random and non-random effects.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2003 #5

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    There certainly are hotspots for mutations in the genome, but I don't think those are targeted to a certain gene per se.
     
  7. Dec 21, 2003 #6
    Are we making a correlation between typos on computers and mistakes in the human genome??? If so, I think I will avoid this one.

    Nautica
     
  8. Dec 24, 2003 #7
    Caumaan, how exactly did you come up with this idea? Was this an example of mutated information?
     
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