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Titolo:
Are random drift and natural selection conceptually distinct?
Autore:
Millstein, RL;
Indirizzi:
Calif State Univ Hayward, Dept Philosophy, Hayward, CA 94542 USA Calif State Univ Hayward Hayward CA USA 94542 ophy, Hayward, CA 94542 USA
Titolo Testata:
BIOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY
fascicolo: 1, volume: 17, anno: 2002,
pagine: 33 - 53
SICI:
0169-3867(200201)17:1<33:ARDANS>2.0.ZU;2-R
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
EVOLUTIONARY-THEORY; STATISTICAL CHARACTER;
Keywords:
Beatty; Brandon; Carson; causal relevance; chance; conceptual distinction; discriminate sampling; evolution; Hodge; indiscriminate sampling; natural selection; neutralism; outcome; probability; process; random drift; selectionism;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Arts & Humanities
Citazioni:
25
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Millstein, RL Calif State Univ Hayward, Dept Philosophy, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward,CA 94542 USA Calif State Univ Hayward 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward CA USA 94542
Citazione:
R.L. Millstein, "Are random drift and natural selection conceptually distinct?", BIOL PHILOS, 17(1), 2002, pp. 33-53

Abstract

The latter half of the twentieth century has been marked by debates in evolutionary biology over the relative significance of natural selection and random drift: the so-called ``neutralist/selectionist'' debates. Yet John Beatty has argued that it is difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish theconcept of random drift from the concept of natural selection, a claim that has been accepted by many philosophers of biology. If this claim is correct, then the neutralist/selectionist debates seem at best futile, and at worst, meaningless. I reexamine the issues that Beatty raises, and argue thatrandom drift and natural selection, conceived as processes, can be distinguished from one another.

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