Biology and Philosophy 27 (5):723-735 (2012)

Elliott Sober
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Casey Helgeson
Pennsylvania State University
Trevor Pearce
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
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In their 2010 book, Biology’s First Law, D. McShea and R. Brandon present a principle that they call ‘‘ZFEL,’’ the zero force evolutionary law. ZFEL says (roughly) that when there are no evolutionary forces acting on a population, the population’s complexity (i.e., how diverse its member organisms are) will increase. Here we develop criticisms of ZFEL and describe a different law of evolution; it says that diversity and complexity do not change when there are no evolutionary causes.
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