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Evolution Computerized - Almost


Science & Tech  (tags: Spore, evolution, Sims, computer games, gaming, evolutionary science )

RC
- 2243 days ago - nytimes.com
After years of anticipation, Spore, a new online game developed by Sims creator Will Wright, is about to hit the market. This excellent, serious article looks at the challenges of transferring evolutionary concepts to the computer screen. Great stuff!



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RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 4:09 am
Scientists who have previewed the game say there are flaws in reality here, but praised Spore for showing the relationships between and adaptions of organisms as they "evolve." I for one can't wait to get my copy - I pre-ordered it months ago. I also downloaded the free trial version of EA's Spore Creature Creator and have cobbled together a couple of unusual life forms. Let creation begin!
 

Joycey B. (750)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 4:58 am
I'll have to check this out. Noted with thanks Cate.
 

Pamylle G. (462)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 5:00 am
Way cool ! Must turn my eldest son, Raven, onto this one. Thanks ! Hey - do you think the "Intelligent Design" folks will demand equal opportunity ?
 

Affan Laghari (28)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 6:25 am
Thanks for sharing Cate. Noted.
 

Nai Ki (1)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 7:21 am
It sounds like a very intresting game. I wouldnt mind seeing this when its released properly. Even if it isnt very scientific, still very intresting ^^

For those on linux... *bing* http://ericbetts.org/node/91 It gets the creature creator working on linux through Wine.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 7:58 am
LOL Pamylle...that thought had occurred to me too...someone is probably developing a fundamentalist version even now.
 

Eduardo L. (101)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 10:03 am
Evolution in silico is a great idea. This will be an interesting game for kids that help them to be familiar with the concept of evolution.

If it takes a year for someone to learn creationism, a school kid needs to study several years of science courses in order to have some basic understandng of evolution.

Thanks Cate (and Bette for forwarding)!
 

Ralf Schuetz (46)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 10:41 am
Hey Eduardo, sometimes the schools actually try and the parents get in their way. At my daughters high school kidz brought letters from their idiotic, small minded parents to school which demanded to except their youngsters from exposure to this evil and diabolic evolution theory. Didn't you know that God just buried 500 million year old fossils in the sand just to test our faiths? Duhhh.
 

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 3:18 pm
I'll have to check it out.It should be a nice tool for school aged children.
 

Pete Conrads (91)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 4:20 pm
Thanks Cate :o) Can someone create a new presidential candidate for us all?
 

Eduardo L. (101)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 6:15 pm
Lives would be simple if one believes that God creates everything once, and they will never change thereafter (they did exact replication by themselves; otherwise there is evolution). Since God has full arrangement for everybody, there is no need to worry; and God is a wishing well.
 

. (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 7:32 pm
Oh my gosh - they used the "e-word"!
 

Ralf Schuetz (46)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 7:38 pm
Hey watch your language young lady!
 

Denice G. (45)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 9:07 pm
I need to check this out
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2008, 9:14 pm
I have read this, Noted.
 

CHRISTIAN RYAN (11)
Thursday September 4, 2008, 12:57 am
I bet they do have a version that fits all creation theories HA! Noted chris
 

Dolores H. (2)
Thursday September 4, 2008, 3:22 am
Very interesting - thanks.
 

Estella Ameigh (22)
Thursday September 4, 2008, 6:50 pm
Very interesting. Thanks Cate.
 

Jennifer Langer (72)
Friday September 5, 2008, 4:17 am
Wow. This sounds a bit like Star Trek to me. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
 
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