Joined: Mar. 2008
|What is clear is that the default parameters for beneficial alleles are very low. Their justification for having such a low maximum beneficial effect strikes me as plausible-sounding nonsense.|
From my own dabbling I think the only really critical factor in getting a GA to "work" is an effective fitness function. Assuming at least some offspring are viable, the fitness function must be able to see and score alleles, either by seeing them directly of by having some means of scoring phenotypes.
All the other aspects are pretty much irrelevant.
My own effort tries to evolve a population of letter strings that "look like" words, without having a fixed target. The trick is having a fitness function that can score relative wordness without requiring enormous computational resourses.
Any version of ID consistent with all the evidence is indistinguishable from evolution.