The Nowak controversy resurfaces…

Over at Boing Boing, Maggie Koerth-Baker takes up the issue of eusociality in insects that Martin Nowak and E.O. Wilson (and Tarnita, though she doesn’t get much attention when this issue is raised – I wonder if that makes her happy or sad?) raised such a hullabaloo over last year.  If you’re new to the issue or just enjoy good science writing, it’s well worth reading all the way through.  My own perspective?  I’m with most of the field in thinking that Nowak et al. were out to lunch on the evidence for kin selection, and as to whether group selection is in operation … well, let’s just say that I found this talk very convincing (h/t for that to Jerry Coyne).

Advertisements
Tagged ,

2 thoughts on “The Nowak controversy resurfaces…

  1. […] The Nowak controversy resurfaces… (behavecology.wordpress.com) […]

  2. […] along the way mentions the dustup over inclusive fitness that I may have mentioned here before  (did I? It’s hard to remember).   At the end, he makes a throw-away comment which drove me nuts: […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s