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Evolutionary Worlds without End$
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Henry Plotkin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544950.001.0001

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The expansion of selection theory

The expansion of selection theory

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(p.51) Chapter 3 The expansion of selection theory
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Evolutionary Worlds without End
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Henry Plotkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544950.003.003

The extraordinary power of explanation of evolutionary theory is considered; so too is the rise of genetics and the near death of Darwinism; then the revival of Darwinian theory in the form of the "synthesis" is considered, as are post-synthesis advances, especially the rise in the understanding that individual development needs to be included in any theory of evolution, as well as so-called selfish gene theory; selection theory is examined in greater detail, especially through the work of Darden and Cain and Lewontin; finally the extension of selection theory to how science works is considered as well as to brain development.

Keywords:   the history and the power of evolutionary theory, recent expansion of the theory, selection theory

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