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dc.contributor.advisor Brandon, Robert en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Rosenberg, Alex en_US
dc.contributor.author Fleming, Leonore en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-25T20:14:03Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-15T04:30:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5488
dc.description Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract <p>This dissertation presents some of the first work written and published on the Zero Force Evolutionary Law (McShea and Brandon 2010). It is a collection of four philosophy of biology papers, which together, illustrate the importance of the Zero Force Evolutionary Law (ZFEL) spanning evolutionary studies. In particular, this dissertation includes issues in the history of philosophy of science (chapter 1), group formation and network theory (chapter 2), biological hierarchy and the major transitions in evolution (chapter 3), and the Price equation and quantifying evolutionary change (chapter 4). While these four chapters may differ in focus, they make the same general claim: evolutionary methods and explanations are improved when the underlying tendency of biological systems is characterized correctly as exhibiting increasing variance.</p> en_US
dc.subject Philosophy of science en_US
dc.subject Biology en_US
dc.title Variance, Selection and Evolutionary Explanation en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.department Philosophy en_US
duke.embargo.months 24 en_US

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