Saturday, 15 June 2013

The maintenance of sex and group selection

It is often forgotten that John Maynard Smith was not categorically against group or species selection. In fact, he admitted a role of it in the maintenance of sexual reproduction:
"I do think that the maintenance of sex is a context in which group selection, selection between species, has actually been important." Web of Stories, John Maynard Smith 65 - Explaining the maintenance of sex.