A phenotypic view of evolution Evolution in Structured Populations

IBB, Multilevel Selection and Evolution

I have been meaning to write this, and have resisted because it is (locally) political, and it may be a declaration of the end of the University of Vermont.   Our university, like many others, has started a budgeting procedure called IBB.  This stands for Irrational Brainless Budgeting, although the administration claims it stands for Incentive …

Of cultural inheritance and cultural evolution

As you may know, I am writing a book on evolution.  Below is modified from a very rough first draft of part of my chapter on cultural inheritance.  My thinking about culture has change in that I now think more about cultural inheritance than cultural evolution. The reasoning being that evolution is evolution. It is …

On Kinship

On Facebook one of my friends posted that they were attending a conference on reconceptualizing kinship, and of course, I responded that it was tempting to put in my two cents worth on the subject. To my shock another commenter asked me to do just that. SO, given that I have been absolutely swamped since …

A quick review of the phenotypic perspective, pt 2

Continuing on with my brief reprise of the tenets of this blog: Individuals are the level at which we assign fitness. First a parable. If we go back to Mayr, he thought that the species was the only natural unit of organization, and argued that the biological species concept (BSC) was the correct definition of …

A quick review of the phenotypic perspective, pt 1

Some of the recent comments I have received have made me realize that maybe I should re-emphasize some of the very early points I made on this blog. The point of this blog is to blatantly promote a phenotypic view of evolution, and do try to dislodge the dominant paradigm of the gene as the …

Down the rabbit hole: More on multispecies organisms

I just tripped and fell down another rabbit hole. I was going to skip this week, but I would love input on this issue, so here it is. Earlier I argued that the organism was a multispecies entity. This makes perfect sense if we consider mitochondria to be symbiotic bacteria in a host cell, and …

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