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Why Selection and Drift Might be Distinct

Pfeifer, Jessica (2004) Why Selection and Drift Might be Distinct. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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In this paper, it is argued that selection and drift might be distinct. This contradicts recent arguments by Brandon (forthcoming) and Matthen and Ariew (2002) that such a distinction “violates sound probabilistic thinking” (Matthen and Ariew 2002, 62). While their arguments might be valid under certain assumptions, they overlook a possible way to make sense of the distinction. Whether this distinction makes sense, I argue, depends on the source of probabilities in natural selection. In particular, if the probabilities used in defining fitness values are at least partly a result of abstracting from or ignoring certain features of the environment, then selection and drift might in fact be causally distinct.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Pfeifer, Jessica
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Depositing User: Jessica Pfeifer
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2046
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: November 18-20, 2004
Conference Location: Austin, TX
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Date: 2004

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