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Adaptation and Environment
By focusing on the crucial role of environment in the process of adaptation, Robert Brandon clarifies definitions and principles so as to help make the argument of evolution by natural selectionExpand
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Biology's First Law: The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems
Life on earth is characterized by three striking phenomena that demand explanation: adaptation - the marvelous fit between organism and environment; diversity - the great variety of organisms; andExpand
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Adaptation and evolutionary theory
The conception of adaptation was not introduced into biology in 1859, Rather what Darwin did was to offer a radically new type of explanation of adaptations and in so doing he altered the conception.Expand
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The Principle of Drift: Biology’s First Law
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Individuality, pluralism, and the phylogenetic species concept
The concept of individuality as applied to species, an important advance in the philosophy of evolutionary biology, is nevertheless in need of refinement. Four important subparts of this concept mustExpand
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Does Biology Have Laws? The Experimental Evidence
  • R. Brandon
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 December 1997
In this paper I argue that we can best make sense of the practice of experimental evolutionary biology if we see it as investigating contingent, rather than lawlike, regularities. This understandingExpand
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The Units of Selection Revisited: The Modules of Selection
Richard Lewontin's (1970) early work on the “units” of selection initiated the conceptual and theoretical investigations that have led to the hierarchical perspective on selection that has reachedExpand
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The Indeterministic Character of Evolutionary Theory: No "No Hidden Variables Proof" but No Room for Determinism Either
In this paper we first briefly review Bell's (1964, 1966) Theorem to see how it invalidates any deterministic "hidden variable" account of the apparent indeterminacy of quantum mechanics (QM). ThenExpand
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Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology
Introduction Part I: 1. Adaptation and evolutionary theory 2. Biological teleology: questions and explanations 3. A structural description of evolutionary theory 4. The levels of selection Part II:Expand
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Theory and experiment in evolutionary biology
  • R. Brandon
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 1 April 1994
Si les modeles inductiviste et hypothetico-deductiviste sont tous les deux limites dans leur presentation du rapport entre experience et theorie, une combinaison de deux saura peut-etre definir une solution pertinente. Expand
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