Postgenomic Darwinism

John Dupré

in Processes of Life

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691982
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738111 | DOI:
Postgenomic Darwinism

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This chapter applies some of the biological ideas discussed in earlier chapters to a critique of contemporary neo-Darwinism. Central points are the need to expand the possible modes of inheritance from the genetic to include epigenetic and cultural inheritance; the importance of considering cooperative relations as well as competitive relations between organisms; and the potential importance of external origins of selectable variation, through processes such as endosymbiosis and lateral gene transfer.

Keywords: neo-Darwinism; epigenetic inheritance; competition; cooperation; endosymbiosis

Chapter.  8672 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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