Exercises for Chapter Two: EC Origins

  1. Find out when hominids are first thought to have appeared, and estimate how many generations it has taken for you to evolve.
  2. Find out the biological definition of evolution and give at least one example of how the term is frequently used in nonbiological settings.
  3. Table 2.1 suggests a close analogy between the notion of fitness in natural evolutionary systems and a solution quality measure in (evolutionary) problem solving. However, the two work `other way around’ from the perspective of the number of offspring. Discuss.
  4. Find out for how long have humans have used the following as tools: Evolution, The wheel, Fire.

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