Altruism And Organism: Disentangling The Themes Of Multilevel Selection Theory

  title={Altruism And Organism: Disentangling The Themes Of Multilevel Selection Theory},
  author={David Sloan Wilson},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={s122 - S134}
  • D. Wilson
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Psychology, Biology
  • The American Naturalist
The evolution of groups into adaptive units, similar to single organisms in the coordination of their parts, is one major theme of multilevel selection theory. Another major theme is the evolution of altruistic behaviors that benefit others at the expense of self. These themes are often assumed to be strongly linked, such that altruism is required for group‐level adaptation. Multilevel selection theory reveals a more complex relationship between the themes of altruism and organism. Adaptation… 

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