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    Niche Construction, Biological Evolution, and Cultural Change.Kevin N. Laland, John Odling-Smee & Marcus W. Feldman - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (1):131-146.
    We propose a conceptual model that maps the causal pathways relating biological evolution to cultural change. It builds on conventional evolutionary theory by placing emphasis on the capacity of organisms to modify sources of natural selection in their environment (niche construction) and by broadening the evolutionary dynamic to incorporate ontogenetic and cultural processes. In this model, phenotypes have a much more active role in evolution than generally conceived. This sheds light on hominid evolution, on the evolution of culture, and on (...)
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  2. What is Altruism?Benjamin Kerr, Peter Godfrey-Smith & Marcus W. Feldman - unknown
    Altruism is generally understood to be behavior that benefits others at a personal cost to the behaving individual. However, within evolutionary biology, different authors have interpreted the concept of altruism differently, leading to dissimilar predictions about the evolution of altruistic behavior. Generally, different interpretations diverge on which party receives the benefit from altruism and on how the cost of altruism is assessed. Using a simple trait-group framework, we delineate the assumptions underlying different interpretations and show how they relate to one (...)
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    On the Breadth and Significance of Niche Construction: A Reply to Griffiths, Okasha and Sterelny. [REVIEW]Kevin N. Laland, John Odling-Smee & Marcus W. Feldman - 2005 - Biology and Philosophy 20 (1):37-55.
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    The Cultural and Demographic Evolution of Son Preference and Marriage Type in Contemporary China.Laurel Fogarty & Marcus W. Feldman - 2011 - Biological Theory 6 (3):272-282.
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    Conceptual Barriers to Progress Within Evolutionary Biology.N. Laland Kevin, Odling-Smee John, W. Feldman Marcus & Kendal Jeremy - 2009 - Foundations of Science 14 (3):195-216.
    In spite of its success, Neo-Darwinism is faced with major conceptual barriers to further progress, deriving directly from its metaphysical foundations. Most importantly, neo-Darwinism fails to recognize a fundamental cause of evolutionary change, “niche construction”. This failure restricts the generality of evolutionary theory, and introduces inaccuracies. It also hinders the integration of evolutionary biology with neighbouring disciplines, including ecosystem ecology, developmental biology, and the human sciences. Ecology is forced to become a divided discipline, developmental biology is stubbornly difficult to reconcile (...)
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    Gender Differences in Child Survival in Contemporary Rural China: A County Study.Shuzhuo Li, Chuzhu Zhu & Marcus W. Feldman - 2004 - Journal of Biosocial Science 36 (1):83-109.
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    The Generational Cycle of State Spaces and Adequate Genetical Representation.Elisabeth A. Lloyd, Richard C. Lewontin & Marcus W. Feldman - 2008 - Philosophy of Science 75 (2):140-156.
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    Algorithms, Genetics, and Populations: The Schemata Theorem Revisited.Freddy Bugge Christiansen & Marcus W. Feldman - 1998 - Complexity 3 (3):57-64.
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    An Algorithm for Detecting Community Structure of Social Networks Based on Prior Knowledge and Modularity.Haifeng Du, Marcus W. Feldman, Shuzhuo Li & Xiaoyi Jin - 2007 - Complexity 12 (3):53-60.
  10. On the Evolution of Recombination in Haploids and Diploids.Aviv Bergman, Sarah P. Otto & Marcus W. Feldman - forthcoming - Complexity.
     
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    A Genetic Algorithm with Local Search Strategy for Improved Detection of Community Structure.Shuzhuo Li, Yinghui Chen, Haifeng Du & Marcus W. Feldman - 2010 - Complexity 15 (4):NA-NA.
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    Niche Construction Earns its Keep.Kevin N. Laland, John Odling-Smee & Marcus W. Feldman - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (1):164-172.
    Our response contains a definition of niche construction, illustrations of how it changes the evolutionary process, and clarifications of our conceptual model. We argue that the introduction of niche construction into evolutionary thinking earns its keep; we illustrate this argument in our discussion of rates of genetic and cultural evolution, memes and phenogenotypes, creativity, the EEA (environment of evolutionary adaptedness), and group selection.
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    On the Complexity of Cultural Transmission and Evolution.Marcus W. Feldman, Luigi L. Cavalli-Sforza & Lev A. Zhivotovsky - forthcoming - Complexity.
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    On the Evolution of Recombination in Haploids and Diploids: II. Stochastic Models.Aviv Bergman, Sarah P. Otto & Marcus W. Feldman - 1995 - Complexity 1 (2):49-57.
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    Group Selection: A Niche Construction Perspective.Kevin N. Laland, F. John Odling-Smee & Marcus W. Feldman - 2000 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (1-2):1-2.
    Group selection, as advocated by Sober and Wilson, is theoretically plausible, although it remains an open question as to what extent it occurs in nature. If group selection has operated in hominids, it is likely to have selected cultural not genetic variation. A focus on niche construction helps delineate the conditions under which cooperation is favoured. Group selection may favour between-group conflict as well as within-group cooperation.
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    Structural Balance in Fully Signed Networks.Haifeng Du, Xiaochen He & Marcus W. Feldman - 2016 - Complexity 21 (S1):497-511.
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    The Evolution of Cooperation on the Internet.Adi Livnat & Marcus W. Feldman - 2001 - Complexity 6 (6):19-23.
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    On the Evolution of Recombination in Haploids and Diploids: I. Deterministic Models.Aviv Bergman, Sarah P. Otto & Marcus W. Feldman - 1995 - Complexity 1 (1):57-67.
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