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Group Selection

Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, and the Consensus of the Many

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science
David Sloan Wilson

Curiously, while the many have spoken against Wilson's outdated views about kin selection, they remain largely silent on Dawkins' outdated views about group selection. I will therefore list points made by Dawkins in his review that have been rejected by the many long ago.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection XIV: Group Selection in the Laboratory

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Sloan Wilson

For the evolutionary community at large, the rules governing the acceptance and rejection of group selection are not a storybook portrayal of science.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection XII: Multilevel Selection Theory, Salsa Style

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

No matter how the groups are formed, no matter how flexible the choice of behaviors, altruism is locally disadvantageous and requires higher-level selection to evolve.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection XI: Dawkins Protests (Too Much)

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Sloan Wilson

Richard Dawkins did not invent naïve gene selectionism but he spread it far and wide with the publication of The Selfish Gene.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection X: Naïve Gene Selectionism

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

Even when genes function as replicators, they have no bearing upon the group selection controversy because they function as replicators regardless of which level of selection prevails.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection VIII: Anatomy of a Model

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

The haystack model had an enormous impact on the rejection of group selection and the conceptualization of kin selection as an alternative to group selection.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection IV: The Great Reckoning

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

By the 1960's, evolutionary theory had settled into a comfortable paradigm called the Modern Synthesis.

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection III: Naïve Group Selectionism

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

Pre-Darwinian notions did not come to an abrupt halt with the advent of Darwin's theory. Instead, they often became repackaged in superficially Darwinian terms.