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Reconstructing the past : parsimony, evolution, and inference

Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1988.
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Reconstructing the Past seeks to clarify and help resolve the vexing methodological issues that arise when biologists try to answer such questions as whether human beings are more closely related to chimps than they are to gorillas. It explores the case for considering the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony as a useful principle for evaluating taxonomic theories of evolutionary relationships. For the past  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott Sober
ISBN: 026219273X 9780262192736 0262691442 9780262691444
OCLC Number: 17803724
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: xiii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Elliott Sober.

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"Sober is a philosopher who studies biology, and be brings a rare skill to bear upon the philosophical arguments with which biologists (and others) have tried to justify parsimony." Mark Ridley, Read more...

 
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