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Science and Selection: Essays on Biological Evolution and the Philosophy of Science (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology) [Paperback]

David L. Hull
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February 22, 2001 0521644054 978-0521644051
One way to understand science is as a selection process. David Hull, one of the dominant figures in contemporary philosophy of science, sets out in this volume a general analysis of this selection process that applies equally to biological evolution, the reaction of the immune system to antigens, operant learning, and social and conceptual change in science. Science and Selection brings together many of Hull's most important essays on selection (some never before published) in one accessible volume.

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"Most of these essays have been previously published but are so widely scattered in the literature that it is worthwhile to have them in a single volume. Highly recommended." Choice

"...a series of provocative writings on biological and conceptual evolution and the philosophy of science...Science and Selection discharges its duty well, collecting Hull's mature thoughts on a variety of important topics...in an affordable and accessible package." Journal of the History of Biology

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One way to understand science is as a selection process. David Hull, one of the dominant figures in contemporary philosophy of science, sets out in this volume a general analysis of this selection process that applies equally to biological evolution, the reaction of the immune system to anitgens, operant learning, and social and conceptual change in science. Science and Selection brings together many of Hull's most important essays on selection (some never before published) in one accessible volume.

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  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521644054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521644051
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
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This book covers philosophy of science topics, the theory of selection, and their intersection. It is a collection of essays.

The late David Hull was a wise and well-read individual regarding these topics - and he was also a pretty lucid writer.

David is always interesting and entertaining. I found there were still quite a few points of disagreement between himself and I. To briefly go over a few of them:

Hull favours the "replicator" terminology. He says that "gene" has too many connotations of being related to DNA. By contrast, I think the "replicator" terminology has caused much confusion, that "gene" is the best term for it, and that we should call the science of heredity "genetics".

Hull argues for the virtues of the term "interactor". To me this seems like a close synonym for "phenotype" (though Hull argues that genes also qualify as "interactors"). "Phenotype" is jargon, but it is at least well-known jargon. I tend to use the terms "phenotype", "gene product" and "meme product" - instead of "interactor".

Hull argues for genes being defined to be "active". I am OK with genes that are neutral. I think defining genes as being "active" makes the term more complex, less useful and less scientific. Determining whether a gene is "active" requires testing it in a large number of environments.

Hull argues for a complex definition of "natural selection" involving inheritance, selection and variation.
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