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The Apocalypse

In this experiment, we must create conditions under which selection will favor more complex migratory algorithms, over small highly optimized algorithms that only reproduce locally, such as evolved in non-network Tierra. For this purpose we introduced the ``apocalypse'' which periodically kills all organisms living on a node. This provides an absolute selection against non-migratory organisms, insuring that only migratory organisms can survive in the network environment.

Thomas S.Ray
Tue Jan 14 16:09:05 JST 1997