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Calibration of Laboratory Models in Population Genetics

Skipper, Robert (2004) Calibration of Laboratory Models in Population Genetics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the calibration of laboratory models in population genetics as an experimental strategy for justifying experimental results and claims based upon them following Franklin (1986, 1990) and Rudge (1996, 1998). The analysis provided undermines Coyne et al.’s (1997) critique of Wade and Goodnight’s (1991) experimental study of Wright’s (1931, 1932) Shifting Balance Theory. The essay concludes by further demonstrating how this analysis bears on Diamond’s (1986) claims regarding the weakness of laboratory experiments as evidence, and further how the calibration strategy fits within Lloyd’s (1987, 1998) account of the confirmation of ecological and evolutionary models.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: calibration, population genetics, epistemology of experiment, Franklin, Rudge, Lloyd
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
    Depositing User: Robert Skipper
    Date Deposited: 07 May 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1745
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1745

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