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Prediction in Selectionist Evolutionary Theory

Winther, Rasmus Grønfeldt (2009) Prediction in Selectionist Evolutionary Theory. In: [2008] 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: [2008] 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
    Item ID: 4770

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