EIGHT CRITICISMS NOT TO MAKE ABOUT GROUP SELECTION
Article first published online: 3 APR 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). Evolution© 2011 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
Volume 65, Issue 6, pages 1523–1526, June 2011
How to Cite
Eldakar, O. T. and Wilson, D. S. (2011), EIGHT CRITICISMS NOT TO MAKE ABOUT GROUP SELECTION. Evolution, 65: 1523–1526. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01290.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 11 MAR 2011 08:51AM EST
- Received February 20, 2011, Accepted February 28, 2011
- Group selection;
- multilevel selection;
- peer review process
Group selection, which was once widely rejected as a significant evolutionary force, is now accepted by all who seriously study the subject. There is still widespread confusion about group selection, however, not only among students and the general public, but among professional evolutionists who do not directly study the subject. We list eight criticisms that are frequently invoked against group selection, which can be permanently laid to rest based upon current knowledge. Experts will always find something to critique about group selection, as for any important subject, but these eight criticisms are not among them. Laying them to rest will enable authors to openly use the term group selection without being handicapped during the review process.