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Prediction in Selectionist Evolutionary Theory

Winther, Rasmus Grønfeldt (2009) Prediction in Selectionist Evolutionary Theory. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Selectionist evolutionary theory has often been faulted for not making novel predictions that are surprising, risky, and correct. I argue that it in fact exhibits the theoretical virtue of predictive capacity in addition to two other virtues: explanatory unification and model fitting. Two case studies show the predictive capacity of selectionist evolutionary theory: parallel evolutionary change in E. coli, and the origin of eukaryotic cells through endosymbiosis.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Winther, Rasmus Grønfeldt
Keywords: Prediction, Evolutionary Theory, Explanatory Unification, Model-Fitting, Theoretical Virtue, Endosymbiosis, Bacterial Evolution
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Depositing User: Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4770

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