Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Rose: Lifelines

Rose's homeodynamic perspective is not an alternative to neo-Darwinism

A. J. Wells a1
a1 Department of Social Psychology, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom


Lifelines discusses two approaches to biology, “ultra-Darwinism” which Rose criticises, and the “homeodynamic perspective,” which he offers as an alternative. This review suggests that ultra-Darwinism is a caricature of the theoretical positions Rose wishes to oppose and that the homeodynamic perspective is not an alternative, but is complementary to so-called ultra-Darwinism.