Why is group selection such a problem?

Randolph Nesse

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The controversy over group selection persists not, as Wilson & Sober argue, because biologists do not understand the hierarchy of vehicles of selection, but because we lack criteria to determine whether or not a trait arises from group selection, and have a deep wish to find a biological basis for our human moral feelings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-634
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Physiology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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