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

Barrett, Martin and Clatterbuck, Hayley and Goldsby, Michael and Helgeson, Casey and McLoone, Brian and Pearce, Trevor and Sober, Elliott and 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


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.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2014 14:54
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 09:53

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