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Puzzles for ZFEL, McShea and Brandon’s zero force evolutionary law

Barrett, Martin, Clatterbuck, Hayley, Goldsby, Michael, Helgeson, Casey ORCID: 0000-0001-5333-9954, McLoone, Brian, Pearce, Trevor, Sober, Elliott, Stern, Reuben and Weinberger, Naftali (2012) Puzzles for ZFEL, McShea and Brandon’s zero force evolutionary law. Biology and Philosophy, 27 (5). pp. 723-735. ISSN 0169-3867

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10539-012-9321-7

Abstract

In their 2010 book, Biology’s First Law, D. McShea and R. Brandon present a principle that they call “ZFEL,” the zero force evolutionary law. ZFEL says (roughly) that when there are no evolutionary forces acting on a population, the population’s complexity (i.e., how diverse its member organisms are) will increase. Here we develop criticisms of ZFEL and describe a different law of evolution; it says that diversity and complexity do not change when there are no evolutionary causes.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/journal/10539
Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2014 14:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55527

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