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peter mayhew's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by peter mayhew

There is no need to use the misleading term "group selection" here, and the speaker knows this and in fact backs off from it. Everything here can be explained by gene selection, and the man who coined the term "Major transitions in evolution", John Maynard Smith, would certainly take that view. Far from group selection being about to make a major comeback, people will simply re-discover why it's never been convincingly argued or demonstrated.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:34:11 UTC | #928884