Heuristics and biases in evolutionary biology

Biology and Philosophy 12 (1):21-38 (1996)
Abstract
Approaching science by considering the epistemological virtues which scientists see as constitutive of good science, and the way these virtues trade-off against one another, makes it possible to capture action that may be lost by approaches which focus on either the theoretical or institutional level. Following Wimsatt (1984) I use the notion of heuristics and biases to help explore a case study from the history of biology. Early in the 20th century, mutation theorists and natural historians fought over the role that isolation plays in evolution. This debate was principally about whether replication was the central scientific virtue (and hence the ultimate goal of science to replace non-experimental evidence with experimental evidence) or whether consilience of inductions was the central virtue (and hence, as many kinds of evidence as possible should be pursued).
Keywords speciation  isolation  heuristics  biases  replication  consilience of inductions
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 1996, 1997
DOI 10.1023/A:1017953510082
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 31,836
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Transforming Traditions in American Biology, 1880-1915.Jane Maienschein - 1992 - Journal of the History of Biology 25 (1):157-162.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
26 ( #222,962 of 2,231,650 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #264,937 of 2,231,650 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature