By Steven Hecht Orzack,Elliott Sober

ISBN-10: 052159166X

ISBN-13: 9780521591669

ISBN-10: 0521598362

ISBN-13: 9780521598361

the controversy over the relative value of common choice compared to different forces affecting the evolution of organisms is a long-standing and crucial controversy in evolutionary biology. the speculation of adaptationism argues that usual choice comprises enough explanatory strength in itself to account for all evolution. although, there are differing perspectives in regards to the potency of the variation version of clarification. If the adaptationism conception is utilized, are strength and assets getting used to their optimal? This ebook provides an up to date view of this controversy and displays the dramatic adjustments in our realizing of evolution that experience happened within the final 20 years. the amount combines contributions from biologists and philosophers, and gives a scientific remedy of foundational, conceptual, and methodological concerns surrounding the speculation of adaptationism. The essays learn fresh advancements in themes akin to phylogenetic research, the speculation of optimality and ess types, and techniques of checking out models.

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