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Evolution and the Levels of Selection$
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Samir Okasha

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267972.001.0001

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The Group Selection Controversy

The Group Selection Controversy

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Evolution and the Levels of Selection

Samir Okasha (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the notorious issue of group selection in behavioural ecology, one of the mainstays of the traditional levels of selection debate. The history of the group selection controversy is briefly traced. The relationship between group selection, kin selection, and evolutionary game theory is discussed. An important debate between Sober and Wilson and Maynard Smith concerning the correct way to conceptualize group selection is explored. Lastly, some arguments of L. Nunney concerning the distinction between weak and strong altruism, and how individual and group selection should be defined, are examined.

Keywords:   group selection, kin selection, inclusive fitness, evolutionary game theory, group heritability, trait groups, weak altruism, strong altruism, positive assortment, mutation test

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