Emergence, hierarchy and top-down causation in evolutionary biology.

@article{Okasha2011EmergenceHA,
  title={Emergence, hierarchy and top-down causation in evolutionary biology.},
  author={Samir Okasha},
  journal={Interface focus},
  year={2011},
  volume={2 1},
  pages={
          49-54
        }
}
The concept of emergence and the related notion of 'downward causation' have arisen in numerous branches of science, and have also been extensively discussed in philosophy. Here, I examine emergence and downward causation in relation to evolutionary biology. I focus on the old, but ongoing discussion in evolutionary biology over the 'levels of selection' question: which level(s) of the biological hierarchy natural selection acts at, e.g. the gene, individual, group or species level? The concept… CONTINUE READING
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