Local Interaction, Multilevel Selection, and Evolutionary Transitions
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CitationGodfrey-Smith, Peter. 2006. Local interaction, multilevel selection, and evolutionary transitions. Biological Theory 1, no. 4: 372-380.
AbstractGroup-structured and neighbor-structured populations are compared, especially in relation to multilevel selection theory and evolutionary transitions. I argue that purely neighbor-structured populations, which can feature the evolution of altruism, are not properly described in multilevel terms. The ability to “gestalt switch” between individualist and multilevel frameworks is then linked to the investigation of “major transitions” in evolution. Some explanatory concepts are naturally linked to one framework or the other, but a full understanding is best achieved via the use of both.
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