Driving both ways

Wilson & Sober's conflicting criteria for the identification of groups as vehicles of selection

John Alroy, Alexander Levine

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Abstract

We argue, first, that the notion of group selection discussed in Wilson & Sober's target article is much stronger than that in Sober (1984). Next, we show that the authors are tacitly using two independent criteria in applying this notion, a “differential fitness” criterion and a “shared fate” criterion. These criteria are flawed and cannot be applied jointly to the cases Wilson & Sober describe without creating inconsistencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-610
Number of pages3
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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