Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Designed calibration: Naturally selected flexibility, not non-genetic inheritance

Thomas E. Dickinsa1a2 and Benjamin J. A. Dickinsa3

a1 School of Psychology, University of East London, London E15 4LZ, United Kingdom

a2 Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom

a3 505 Wartik Laboratory, University Park, Penn State University, State College, PA 16802.


Jablonka & Lamb (J&L) have presented a number of different possible mechanisms for finessing design. The extra-genetic nature of these mechanisms has led them to challenge orthodox neo-Darwinian views. However, these mechanisms are for calibration and have been designed by natural selection. As such, they add detail to our knowledge, but neo-Darwinism is sufficiently resourced to account for them.

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