Qualitative differences between naïve and scientific theories of evolution

  title={Qualitative differences between na{\"i}ve and scientific theories of evolution},
  author={Andrew Shtulman},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  • Andrew Shtulman
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Philosophers of biology have long argued that Darwin's theory of evolution was qualitatively different from all earlier theories of evolution. Whereas Darwin's predecessors and contemporaries explained adaptation as the transformation of a species' "essence," Darwin explained adaptation as the selective propagation of randomly occurring mutations within a population. The present study explored the possibility of a parallel between early "transformational" theories of evolution and modern naïve… CONTINUE READING
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