The difference between selection and drift: A reply to Millstein [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 20 (1):153-170 (2005)
Millstein [Bio. Philos. 17 (2002) 33] correctly identies a serious problem with the view that natural selection and random drift are not conceptually distinct. She offers a solution to this problem purely in terms of differences between the processes of selection and drift. I show that this solution does not work, that it leaves the vast majority of real biological cases uncategorized. However, I do think there is a solution to the problem she raises, and I offer it here. My solution depends on solving the biological analogue of the reference class problem in probability theory and on the reality of individual fitnesses.
Keywords Drift  Fitness  Indeterminism  Natural selection  Selective homogeneity and heterogeneity
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-004-1070-9
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