The difference between selection and drift: A reply to Millstein

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Journal Article

Millstein [Bio. Philos. 17 (2002) 33] correctly identies a serious problem with the view that natural selection and random drift are not conceptually distinct. She offers a solution to this problem purely in terms of differences between the processes of selection and drift. I show that this solution does not work, that it leaves the vast majority of real biological cases uncategorized. However, I do think there is a solution to the problem she raises, and I offer it here. My solution depends on solving the biological analogue of the reference class problem in probability theory and on the reality of individual fitnesses. © Springer 2005.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brandon, RN

Published Date

  • January 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 153 - 170

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-3867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10539-004-1070-9

Citation Source

  • Scopus