Over on the The War is Over: We Won! thread at UD, The subject of phone numbers is brought up by Bob O:
lots of things are sequences. But they can be produced in lots of different ways. Frankly, I have difficulty seeing how phone numbers mate and recombine, especially when within a longer string of sequences.
Our beloved Mung is quick to retort:
Ah, the old “I cannot imagine” defense. I could write a program in which phone numbers mate and recombine. Incredulity is not an explanation.
We all love Mung having a go at programming. Come back and walk us through it.
A few of thoughts for discussion:
- How big is the state space for phone numbers and how much functional space (viable / live numbers) is there?
- What is the ‘evolutionary’ history of telephone numbers? How big was the ‘biogenesis’ phone number?
- Is there a stepwise evolutionary history for phone numbers?
- Or is this all evidence for Evolution by design!!!1111???