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Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique…

Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary…

by George Christopher Williams

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This is a must read for evolutionists. This book is known for introducing the concept of gene-centric evolution, which was later on developed by Dawkins (the selfish gene). But it is much more than that. It strongly criticises the panselectionism positions that existed in the 1960's (and that are still held by some of my colleagues!). Also it explains why natural selection is a tautology, yet a very useful and valid concept. Text is beautifully written and well referenced. ( )
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Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.

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