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  1. “Genetic Load”: How the Architects of the Modern Synthesis Became Trapped in a Scientific Ideology.Alexandra Soulier - 2018 - Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science 4:118.
    The term “genetic load” first emerged in a paper written in 1950 by the geneticist H. Muller. It is a mathematical model based on biological, social, political and ethical arguments describing the dramatic accumulation of disadvantageous mutations in human populations that will occur in modern societies if eugenic measures are not taken. The model describes how the combined actions of medical and social progress will supposedly impede natural selection and make genes of inferior quality likely to spread across populations – (...)
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  • Making the Most of Clade Selection.W. Ford Doolittle - 2017 - Philosophy of Science 84 (2):275-295.
    Clade selection is unpopular with philosophers who otherwise accept multilevel selection theory. Clades cannot reproduce, and reproduction is widely thought necessary for evolution by natural selection, especially of complex adaptations. Using microbial evolutionary processes as heuristics, I argue contrariwise, that (1) clade growth (proliferation of contained species) substitutes for clade reproduction in the evolution of complex adaptation, (2) clade-level properties favoring persistence – species richness, dispersal, divergence, and possibly intraclade cooperation – are not collapsible into species-level traits, (3) such properties (...)
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  • Haldane and Mayr: A Response to Rao and Nanjundiah.Sahotra Sarkar - 2016 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 38 (1):151-154.
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  • Ernst Mayr’s Interactions with J. B. S. Haldane.Veena Rao & Vidyanand Nanjundiah - 2016 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 38 (1):138-150.
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  • Aging, Sex Ratio, and Genomic Imprinting: Functional and Evolutionary Explanations in Biology.Vidyanand Nanjundiah & Michel Morange - 2015 - Biological Theory 10 (2):125-133.
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  • William Keith Brooks and the Naturalist’s Defense of Darwinism in the Late-Nineteenth Century.Richard Nash - 2015 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 37 (2):158-179.
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  • Curiously the Same: Swapping Tools Between Linguistics and Evolutionary Biology.Lindell Bromham - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (6):855-886.
    One of the major benefits of interdisciplinary research is the chance to swap tools between fields, to save having to reinvent the wheel. The fields of language evolution and evolutionary biology have been swapping tools for centuries to the enrichment of both. Here I will discuss three categories of tool swapping: conceptual tools, where analogies are drawn between hypotheses, patterns or processes, so that one field can take advantage of the path cut through the intellectual jungle by the other; theoretical (...)
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