Philosophy of Science 69 (S3):S12-S24 (2002)

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William C. Wimsatt
University of Minnesota
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Scientific models may be more useful for false assumptions they make than true ones when one is interested not in the fit of the model, but in the form of the residuals. Modeling Darwin’s “blending” theory of inheritance shows how it illuminates features of Mendelian theory. Insufficient understanding of it leads to incorrect moves in modeling population structure. But it may prove even more useful for organizing a theory of cultural evolution. Analysis of “blending” inheritance gives new tools for recognizing population structure for culture and for understanding differences between biological and cultural inheritance.
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Genes, Memes, and Cultural Heredity.William C. Wimsatt - 1999 - Biology and Philosophy 14 (2):279-310.

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