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What Is Drift? A Response to Millstein, Skipper, and Dietrich

Matthen, Mohan (2010) What Is Drift? A Response to Millstein, Skipper, and Dietrich. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 2 (201306). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1949-0739

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The statistical interpretation of the Theory of Natural Selection claims that natural selection and drift are statistical features of mathematical aggregates of individual-level events. Natural selection and drift are not themselves causes. The statistical interpretation is motivated by a metaphysical conception of individual priority. Recently, Millstein, Skipper, and Dietrich (2009) have argued (a) that natural selection and drift are physical processes, and (b) that the statistical interpretation rests on a misconception of the role of mathematics in biology. Both theses are contested.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: drift, natural selection, statistical interpretation
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Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2014 16:51
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2014 16:51
Item ID: 10739
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy and Theory in Biology
Publisher: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library
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Date: May 2010
Page Range: pp. 1-6
Volume: 2
Number: 201306
ISSN: 1949-0739

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