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Darwinian populations and natural selection
1. Introduction and Overview 2. Natural Selection and its Representation 3. Variation, Selection, and Origins 4. Reproduction and Individuality 5. Bottlenecks, Germ Lines, and Queen Bees 6. LevelsExpand
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The strategy of model-based science
My title refers to Richard Levins’ famous paper on models in population biology (1966). Here Levins presented his three-way distinction between kinds of modelbuilding, and also introduced a set ofExpand
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Theory and reality : an introduction to the philosophy of science
What makes science different from other ways of investigating the world? In "Theory and Reality" Peter Godfrey-Smith uses debates - such as the problem of confirmation, the new riddle of induction,Expand
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A Modern History Theory of Functions
Biological functions are dispositions or effects a trait has which explain the recent maintenance of the trait under natural selection. This is the "modem history" approach to functions. The approachExpand
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Environmental complexity and the evolution of cognition.
One problem faced in discussions of the evolution of intelligence is the need to get a precise fix on what is to be explained. Terms like "intelligence," "cognition" and "mind" do not have simple andExpand
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Précis of Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature
defends Olle version. Defends it in what sense? I cxpect that nearly everyone will agree that dealing with environmental complexity is one thing that cognition does for agents such as ourselves. TheExpand
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Functions: Consensus without unity
Wright's article did not answer all the questions philosophers have asked about functions, but it did answer some of them, and it showed the way forward to answering more. Much of the literatureExpand
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Reconstructing the Past: Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference
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On the Theoretical Role of "Genetic Coding"
The role played by the concept of genetic coding in biology is discussed. I argue that this concept makes a real contribution to solving a specific problem in cell biology. But attempts to make theExpand
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