Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Author's Response
David Sloan Wilson and Elliott Sober (1994). Reintroducing group selection to the human behavioral sciences. BBS 17:585–654.

Multilevel selection and the return of group-level functionalism

David Sloan Wilson a1 and Elliott Sober a2
a1 Department of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
a2 Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706


We reinforce Thompson's points by providing a second example of the paradox that makes group selection appear counterintuitive and by discussing the wider implications of multilevel selection theory.