Biology and Philosophy 29 (2):207-215 (2014)

Andy Gardner
University of St Andrews
The Formal Darwinism project probes the connections between the dynamics of natural selection and the design of organisms. Here, I explain why this work should be of interest to philosophers, arguing that it is the natural development in a long-running scholarly enquiry into the meaning of life. I then review some of my own work which has applied the tools of Formal Darwinism to address issues concerning the units of adaptation in social evolution, leading to a deeper understanding of the adaptation of individual organisms. Finally, I sketch some directions Formal Darwinism to explore beyond the biological sciences, with a focus upon cosmology
Keywords Anthropic bias  Cosmological natural selection  Design  Group selection  Inclusive fitness  Multi-level selection  Optimization  Selfish gene  Superorganism
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-013-9417-8
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