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Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology
The Quarterly Review of Biology
Short Title: The Quarterly Review of Biology
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2007/12/01/
Pages: 327 - 348
Sources ID: 48631
Notes: doi: 10.1086/522809
Collection: Altruism
Visibility: Public (group default)
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ABSTRACT Current sociobiology is in theoretical disarray, with a diversity of frameworks that are poorly related to each other. Part of the problem is a reluctance to revisit the pivotal events that took place during the 1960s, including the rejection of group selection and the development of alternative theoretical frameworks to explain the evolution of cooperative and altruistic behaviors. In this article, we take a ?back to basics? approach, explaining what group selection is, why its rejection was regarded as so important, and how it has been revived based on a more careful formulation and subsequent research. Multilevel selection theory (including group selection) provides an elegant theoretical foundation for sociobiology in the future, once its turbulent past is appropriately understood.