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Functions in Biological and Artificial WorldsComparative Philosophical Perspectives$
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Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113212

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.001.0001

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Innovation and Population

Innovation and Population

(p.243) 14 Innovation and Population
Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds

Tim Lewens

The MIT Press

This chapter illustrates that even with the theories, which are based on typology, the inclusion of population level factors is indispensable in explaining evolutionary processes. It concentrates on a different way of responding to skepticism about the ability of evolutionary models to explain technical innovation. It also addresses the question of population thinking and innovation. This chapter suggests that “population thinking” is an important part of the evolutionary biologist's toolbox, but it is not a distinctively biological, or even a distinctively evolutionary, way of thinking.

Keywords:   population level factors, evolutionary processes, evolutionary models, technical innovation, population thinking

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