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 [email protected]


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.