Tomorrow’s issue of Science features a new installment of “The Gonzo Scientist” by writer John Bohannon. This edition is all about Spore, the game that is based on “evolution” from primordial ooze to interstellar society [Flunking Spore]. I had heard about the game on blogs, but I had not really planned to play it until John asked a few of us to give our perspective on the science behind it.
I can’t say I didn’t have fun with this, although it is a shame that the game bears little relation to actual evolution (see here for apparent claims otherwise).
Here’s the creature Niles Eldredge and I came up with, dubbed Punky Quillibra:
You can read our review at the wiki that John made.