Group selection - A niche construction perspective

Kevin Neville Laland, F J Odling-Smee, M W Feldman

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Group selection, as advocated by Sober and Wilson, is theoretically plausible, although it remains an open question as to what extent it occurs in nature. if group selection has operated in hominids, it is likely to have selected cultural not genetic variation. A focus on niche construction helps delineate the conditions under which cooperation is favoured. Group selection may favour between-group conflict as well as within-group cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000




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