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The Heuristic Role of Sewall Wright's 1932 Adaptive Landscape Diagram

Skipper, Robert (2004) The Heuristic Role of Sewall Wright's 1932 Adaptive Landscape Diagram. In: UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)


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Sewall Wright’s adaptive landscape is the most influential heuristic in evolutionary biology. Wright’s biographer, Provine, criticized Wright’s adaptive landscape, claiming that its heuristic value is dubious because of deep flaws. Ruse has defended Wright against Provine. Ruse claims Provine has not shown Wright’s use of the landscape is flawed, and that, even if it were, it is heuristically valuable. I argue that both Provine’s and Ruse’s analyses of the adaptive landscape are defective and suggest a more adequate understanding of it.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Skipper, Robert
Keywords: Wright, Provine, Ruse, adaptive landscape, heuristic, shifting balance theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Depositing User: Robert Skipper
Date Deposited: 10 May 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1746
Public Domain: No

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