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 catania@umbc.edu

Abstract

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.



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