[the rules of this game were updated on June 22, 2019, to prevent zero scores]

Below is a list of people who have commented on this blog. Each person will represent a life form that started 3.5 billion years ago. All started with a complexity score of 1 which is the lowest level of complexity.

Now once a day the computer will randomly pick a number from -1 to +1 for each of you, that will be added to your scores. Since evolution would never select for zero complexity, any score that falls below 1 just remains at 1 by default. If your score hits 100, you’ve evolved into a complex multi-cellular oganism.

Every day the average score of all survivors will be recorded to see how the mean increases over time. The purpose of this exercise is to test Stephen Jay Gould’s claim that random variation leads to increasing complexity when you start near zero and have nowhere to go but up.

Obviously mean complexity will increase at first, but for how long can it continue? We shall see.

These numbers will be updated daily:

mikey blaze 3

G-man 2

caffeine withdrawals 2

billy 4

illuminaticatblog 1

pumpkinperson 4

Rahul 4

social justice warrior 1

mug of pee 5

melo 2

marsha 1

race realist 5

james thompson 2

name 3

thinking mouse 3

Hippopotamusdrome 6

richard harper 2

akarlin 2

Munchkin Person 4

bruno 7

deal with it 3

June 21, 2019: mean 1, median 1, mode 1, lowest 1, highest 1, SD 0

June 22, 2019: mean 1.35, median 1, mode 1, lowest 1, highest 2 , SD 0.49

June 23, 2019: mean 1.52, median 1, mode 1, lowest 1, highest 3 , SD 0.73

June 24, 2019: mean 1.70, median 2, mode 1 & 2, lowest 1, highest 3 , SD 0.70

June 25, 2019: mean 1.91, median 2, mode 1, lowest 1, highest 4, SD 0.97

June 26, 2019: mean 1.83, median 2, mode 2, lowest 1, highest 5, SD 0.94

June 27, 2019: mean 1.78, median 1, mode 1, lowest 1, highest 6, SD 1.24

June 28, 2019; mean 1.96 median 2, mode 1, lowest 1, highest 5, SD 1.22

June 29, 2019: mean 2.04 median 2 mode 1 lowest 1 highest 6 SD 1.33

June 30, 2019: mean 2.08, median 2 mode 1 lowest 1 highest 6 SD 1.35

July 1, 2019: mean 2.43, median 2, mode 2, lowest 1, highest 6, SD 1.34

july 2 2019 mean 2.87 median 2 mode 1, 2 & 4 lowest 1 highest 7 SD 1.71

july 3 2019 mean 3.17 median 3 mode 2 lowest 1 highest 7 sd 1.75