In the promising field of biomimetics where intelligently designed human-made processes, substances, devices, or systems come about by imitating nature. In most research papers, very little is said about evolution, although many of the papers will give evolution credit. In a quest to integrate everything originating from a mindless process including engineering, evolution has now become an engineer too!
Sounds contrary doesn’t it? Because engineering is an application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacturing, along with producing efficient and economical structures or machines, various processes and more.
Science Daily applies engineering to evolution with its headline...”Evolution Inspires More Efficient Solar Cell Design,” the article goes on to say…
“Using a mathematical search algorithm based on natural evolution, the researchers pinpointed a specific geometrical pattern that is optimal for capturing and holding light in thin-cell organic solar cells.…
The researchers employed a genetic algorithm, a search process that mimics the process of natural evolution, explained Wei Chen, Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design and professor of mechanical engineering at McCormick and co-investigator of the research.”
“Due to the highly nonlinear and irregular behavior of the system, you must use an intelligent approach to find the optimal solution,” Chen said. “Our approach is based on the biologically evolutionary process of survival of the fittest.”
How can intelligent engineering be connected to survival of the fittest? It even says in the research paper, you must use an “intelligent approach” to achieve optimization! That isn’t evolution, that is intelligent design! This is an experiment that uses artificial selection with of a purpose of a design by using an algorithm created by intelligence, and pinpointing a desired result. How can an unguided and mindless process who’s only goal is to improve competition for survival?
And on another subject, why would evolution break its own rule by creating more complex creatures which are not as fit as bacteria is? Bacteria as you might know is the most adaptable creature on earth, which can survive in the most extreme elements known to man. Why would evolution tinker with that (if it could) to make creature less fit for survival? Just like linking evolution to engineering, it doesn’t make logical sense!