a question concerning evolutionary algorithmic processes
Good evening R.R.S. I have been recently immersed in Daniel Dennett's book Darwin's Dangerous Idea. I am reading this in an effort to better understand evolutionary theory and how life arose according to evolution. However, I have come across one question that has not yet been answered (because I have not yet finished the book). My question is not meant to be an accusation, instead, I merely am having trouble understanding a problem. I have been having a problem with seeing how an algorithmic process within evolutionary processes could arise without a mind behind it. I believe that part of my problem is not understanding how algorithms function. For example, what would be the necessary and sufficient conditions for an algorithm? My question is ultimately, how can a mindless, "dumb" process of evolutionary trial and error utilize a seemingly "intelligent" algorithmic process? I understand that the algorithmic process itself goes through "dumbly" and tries different combinations and orderings. However, I don't see how that process of trial and error began in the first place by means of "dumb" matter or bits of nature. Any input or advice for further research would be greatly appreciated.
Note: My question is not meant to be geared toward a "how did life begin?" type of inquiry. Instead, it is meant to ask "how did evolution happen upon an algorithmic process?"
The implication that we should put Darwinism on trial overlooks the fact that Darwinism has always been on trial within the scientific community. -- From Finding Darwin's God by Kenneth R. Miller
Chaos and chance don't mean the absence of law and order, but rather the presence of order so complex that it lies beyond our abilities to grasp and describe it. -- From From Certainty to Uncertainty by F. David Peat