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Manipulation and the Causes of Evolution

Reisman, Kenneth and Forber, Patrick (2004) Manipulation and the Causes of Evolution. In: UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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Evolutionary processes such as natural selection and random drift are commonly regarded as causes of population-level change. We respond to a recent challenge that drift and selection are best understood as statistical trends, not causes. Our reply appeals to manipulation as a strategy for uncovering causal relationships: if you can systematically manipulate variable A to bring about a change in variable B, then A is a cause of B. We argue that selection and drift can be systematically manipulated to produce different kinds of population-level change. They should therefore be regarded as causes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Reisman, Kenneth
Forber, Patrick
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Kenneth Reisman
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1920
Public Domain: No

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