Holistic Darwinism: Synergistic Selection and the Evolutionary Process

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI:
Holistic Darwinism: Synergistic Selection and the Evolutionary Process

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This chapter presents a critique of Neo-Darwinism and the case for Holistic Darwinism. It discusses the realization of the founding fathers of modern genetics and population biology concerning the flaws of Neo-Darwinism, particularly in relation to group selection theory. These attacks on group selection theory began with William D. Hamilton's The Genetical Evolution of Social Behavior and was fully elaborated in George C. Williams' Adaptation and Natural Selection. This chapter also highlights the key features of Holistic Darwinism and its theoretical superiority over Neo-Darwinism.

Keywords: Neo-Darwinism; Holistic Darwinism; modern genetics; population biology; group selection theory; William D. Hamilton; social behavior; George C. Williams; Adaptation and Natural Selection

Chapter.  11995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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