The fall and rise of Dr Pangloss: adaptationism and the Spandrels paper 20 years later.

@article{Pigliucci2000TheFA,
  title={The fall and rise of Dr Pangloss: adaptationism and the Spandrels paper 20 years later.},
  author={Pigliucci and Danny Kaplan},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2000},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={
          66-70
        }
}
Twenty years have passed since Gould and Lewontin published their critique of 'the adaptationist program' - the tendency of some evolutionary biologists to assume, rather than demonstrate, the operation of natural selection. After the 'Spandrels paper', evolutionists were more careful about producing just-so stories based on selection, and paid more attention to a panoply of other processes. Then came reactions against the excesses of the anti-adaptationist movement, which ranged from a… CONTINUE READING
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