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Natural selection and metaphors of "selection" (commentary to Hull, D. L., Langman, R. E. & Glenn, S. S.: A general account of selection: Biology, immunology, and behavior)
Author: Heschl, Adolf
Journal: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume: 24
Year: 2001
Pages: 539—540

ABSTRACT Natural selection in the sense of Darwin always means physical propagation (positive case) or disappearance (negative case) of living organisms due to differential reproduction. If one concentrates on this simple materialist principle, one arrives at a much better method of discerning true selection processes from largely nonrandom processes of internal rearrangement (somatic mutations) and reorganisation (operant learning).