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peter mayhew's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by peter mayhew

It is true that the formal derivation of Hamilton's rule makes a bunch of assumptions, and hence that when those assumptions are broken the rule might not be expected to formally hold, but that is very different from saying that Kin Selection theory is a failure. Kin Selection also makes a huge bunch of predictions that make beautiful sense of a whole range of biological phenomena (outlined in the response to the original paper). That's the primary reason why Wilson oversteps the bounds of reason: his statements simply do not reflect the empirical success of the theory.

Fri, 25 May 2012 09:46:25 UTC | #943446