Is There an Empirical Disagreement between Genic and Genotypic Selection Models? A Response to Brandon and Nijhout

Philosophy of Science 78 (2):225-237 (2011)
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Abstract

In a recent paper, Brandon and Nijhout argue against genic selectionism—the thesis, roughly, that evolutionary processes are best understood from the gene’s-eye point of view—by presenting a case in which genic models of selection allegedly make predictions that conflict with the (correct) predictions of higher-level genotypic selection models. Their argument, if successful, would refute the widely held belief that genic models and higher-level models are predictively equivalent. Here, I argue that Brandon and Nijhout fail to demonstrate that the models make incompatible predictions.

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Naftali Weinberger
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