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diploma in biology (FU Berlin), doctoral level (Univ Göttingen), school teacher now (chemistry & biology)
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    Joachim Dagg (2012). The Paradox of Sexual Reproduction and the Levels of Selection: Can Sociobiology Shed a Light? Philosophy and Theory in Biology 4 (20130604).
    The group selection controversy largely focuses on altruism (e.g., Wilson 1983; Lloyd 2001; Shavit 2004; Okasha 2006, 173ff; Borrello 2010; Leigh 2010; Rosas 2010; Hamilton and Dimond in press). Multilevel selection theory is a resolution of this controversy. Whereas kin selection partitions inclusive fitness into direct and indirect components (via influencing the replication of copies of genes in other individuals), multilevel selection considers within-group and between-group components of fitness (Gardner et al. 2011; Lion et al. 2011). Two scenarios of multilevel (...)
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  2. Joachim L. Dagg (2011). Exploring Mouse Trap History. Evolution Education and Outreach 4 (3):397-414.
    Since intelligent design (ID) advocates claimed the ubiquitous mouse trap as an example of systems that cannot have evolved, mouse trap history is doubly relevant to studying material culture. On the one hand, debunking ID claims about mouse traps and, by implication, also about other irreducibly complex systems has a high educational value. On the other hand, a case study of mouse trap history may contribute insights to the academic discussion about material culture evolution. Michael Behe argued that mouse traps (...)
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  3. Joachim L. Dagg, Arthur G. Tansley’s ‘New Psychology’ and its Relation to Ecology. Web Ecology 2007.
    In 1935, A. G. Tansley, who was knighted later, proposed the ecosystem concept. Nevertheless, this concept was not without predecessors. Why did Tansley’s ecosystem prevail and not one of its competitors? The purpose of this article is to pin the distinguishing features of Tansley’s ecosystem down, as far as the published record allows. It is an exercise in finding the difference that made a difference. Besides being a pioneering ecologist, Tansley was an adept of psychoanalysis. His interest even led him (...)
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    Joachim L. Dagg (2004). The Diverse Interactors. Biology and Philosophy 19 (2):305-306.
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    Joachim L. Dagg (2003). Ecosystem Organization as Side-Effects of Replicator and Interactor Activities. Biology and Philosophy 18 (3):491-492.
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  6. Joachim L. Dagg (2003). Forgery: Prediction's Vile Twin. Science 302:783-784.
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    Joachim L. Dagg, The Parallactic Recognition of an Evolutionary Paradox.
    George C. Williams and John Maynard Smith arrived at slightly different conclusions about the evolutionary maintenance of sexual reproduction, despite the fact that both were staunch neo-Darwinians, simply because they approached the problem from different angles. This parallax between their perspectives made them notice the so-called paradox of sex for the first time. That is, Williams and Maynard Smith used their difference in perspective constructively, in order to raise a problem that had previously been overlooked with ‘monocular’ views. Evidence form (...)
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    Joachim L. Dagg, The Paradox of Sex and the Group Selection Controversy.
    The fact that most animal and plant species reproduce sexually despite a twofold cost of sex has been called a paradox and taken to cause a crisis in evolutionary biology by some scholars, but this crisis has also been ignored or denied by others. The phase preceding the paradox is therefore analysed as a backdrop to better judge whether or not there was a crisis. That preceding phase shows more disunity and controversy among peers, however, than abridged accounts of the (...)
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