Nabokov, Teleology, and Insect Mimicry

  title={Nabokov, Teleology, and Insect Mimicry},
  author={V. N. Alexander},
  journal={Nabokov Studies},
  pages={177 - 213}
Nabokov argued that a slight resemblance between one insect and another or between an insect and its environment could not be furthered by the function or purpose it served, leading gradually to mimicry. The subtleties of Nabokov's argument against Darwinian gradualism have been missed by most of his readers. He did not critique Darwinism in the same way that Creationists do. Nabokov did believe that natural selection could explain many adaptations and shifts in the direction of evolution, but… 

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