Are Random Drift and Natural Selection Conceptually Distinct ?

@inproceedings{Millstein2001AreRD,
  title={Are Random Drift and Natural Selection Conceptually Distinct ?},
  author={Roberta L. Millstein},
  year={2001}
}
The latter half of the twentieth century has been marked by debates in evolutionary biology over the relative significance of natural selection and random drift: the so-called “neutralist/selectionist” debates. Yet John Beatty has argued that it is difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish the concept of random drift from the concept of natural selection, a claim that has been accepted by many philosophers of biology. If this claim is correct, then the neutralist/selectionist debates seem at… CONTINUE READING
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