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Dynamics, Symmetry, and the Levels of Selection

Jantzen, Benjamin (2013) Dynamics, Symmetry, and the Levels of Selection. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Most attempts to answer the question of whether populations of groups can undergo natural selection focus on properties of the groups themselves rather than the dynamics of the population. Those approaches to group selection that do emphasize dynamics lack an account of the relevant notion of equivalent dynamics. I present a new approach to identifying instances of evolution by natural selection that is based upon dynamical symmetries. I apply the symmetry method to arrive at an affirmative but qualified answer to the question of group selection.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Jantzen, Benjaminbjantzen@vt.edu
Keywords: levels of selection, natural selection, group selection, evolutionary process, dynamics, symmetry, symmetry transformation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Benjamin Jantzen
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 15:21
Last Modified: 14 May 2013 15:21
Item ID: 9746
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9746

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