In a recent book, McShea and Brandon argue that the observed diversity and complexity of life are explainable by a principle they call the “zero-force evolutionary law” or “ZFEL”. Although this principle would be implicit in many explanations given by biologists, it would have never been made explicit. Assuming that this idea is interesting, and that the authors are right, we will discuss the metatheoretical way in which they present said principle, as being a part of probability theory. This allows the authors to claim that probability theory provides the reductive basis for all evolutionary biology. We will defend, in accordance with them, that ZFEL is not a solely biological principle, but not because it is a part of probability theory, but rather because it is a specific version of the principle of common cause.
Keywords complejidad  complexity  diversidad  diversity  ley evolutiva de fuerzas cero  principio de causa común  principle of common cause  probability theory  teoría de la probabilidad  zero-force evolutionary law
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DOI 10.22370/rhv2019iss14pp57-73
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