Winther, Rasmus Grønfeldt (2009) Prediction in Selectionist Evolutionary Theory. In:  Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers.
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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)|
|Keywords:||Prediction, Evolutionary Theory, Explanatory Unification, Model-Fitting, Theoretical Virtue, Endosymbiosis, Bacterial Evolution|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory|
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers|
|Depositing User:||Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther|
|Date Deposited:||21 Jul 2009|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:18|
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