Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Selection as a cause versus the causes of selection

A. Charles Catania a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21250


Hull et al. rightly point out the special character of selection as a causal mode, but ironically they seem to force selection back into traditional causal modes by decomposing it into replication, variation, and environmental interaction. Many processes are selective, and a taxonomy of a broad range of kinds of selection may be preferable to narrowing the applicability of the term.