Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kin-selection-evolution argument

Prediction: someone will use the fact that big name scientists can argue about specifics of evolutionary theory to say that evolution is false.

Metafilter pointed me at this interesting discussion of a kerfuffle over kin-selection. The linked blogger made a fun video explaining the arguments. With talking bears.

The root of the problem seems to be that some big name scientists got a paper highly critical of kin selection into Nature. But the paper seems to be based on a lack of knowledge of the published papers about kin selection. So the question becomes...why was the paper published at all?

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