X-Message-Number: 21863
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 12:29:44 +0200
Subject: Re: group evolution
From: David Stodolsky <>

On Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at 11:00  AM, CryoNet wrote:

> 1. For David Stodolsky, it is quite false that students of evolution
>    believe that groups play any significant role in evolution of ANY
>    creature. Try reading the works on evolution by GC Williams ---
>    who incidentally pointed out that any group theory as a way of
>    explaining aging would also fail.

While it is true that the 'selfish gene' temporarily push group 
evolution to the side, it is in no way out of the running. 
Archeological evidence is presented in Roots of Thinking and the book 
Unto Others illustrates group evolution in many contexts, as well as 
presenting a mathematical model. Current thinking seems to assume 
multi-level evolution, that is, evolution at the gene, phenotype, 
group, and ecosystem levels.


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