Down with Natural Selection? [Book Review]

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52 (1):134-140 (2008)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Biologists are increasingly reexamining the conceptual structure of evolutionary theory, which dates back to the so-called Modern Synthesis of the 1930s and 1940s. Calls for an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES) cite a number of empir- ical and theoretical advances that need to be accounted for, including evolvability, evo- lutionary novelties, capacitors of phenotypic evolution, developmental plasticity, and phenotypic attractors. In Biological Emergences, however, Robert Reid outlines a theory of evolution in which natural selection plays no role or—worse—actually impedes evo- lution by what Reid calls “natural experimentation.” For Reid, biological complexity emerges because of intrinsic mechanisms that work in opposition to natural selection, a view that would reopen old questions of orthogenesis and Lamarckism.This review outlines why we do need an EES, but also why it is unlikely to take the shape that Reid advocates.
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
Reprint years
2009
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MASDWN
Upload history
Archival date: 2012-06-07
View other versions
Added to PP index
2010-08-30

Total views
974 ( #4,275 of 2,425,462 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
69 ( #10,494 of 2,425,462 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.