A fierce debate about our picture of evolution

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  • Introduction: Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould are both dedicated Darwinians. Despite this, for the last few decades these two scientists have argued fiercely about how evolutionary history and mechanisms are to be viewed. The debate has been fought out before a general, rather than specialists, audience, addressing questions about how to understand the history of living organisms, how evolution works, and even how humans and society are to be viewed from a biological point of view. Here, Kim Sterelny reviews the issues and arguments in a manner accessible to the scientifically interested public. It is his aim to show that this clash of opinion is rooted in two different perspectives on evolution and life.

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    © 2002 I. Brigandt et al. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Brigandt, I. (2002). A fierce debate about our picture of evolution. Metascience, 11(2), 246-248.
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