Evidence and Evolution

Evidence and Evolution

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How should the concept of evidence be understood? And how does the concept of evidence apply to the controversy about creationism as well as to work in evolutionary biology about natural selection and common ancestry? In this rich and wide-ranging book, Elliott Sober investigates general questions about probability and evidence and shows how the answers he develops to those questions apply to the specifics of evolutionary biology. Drawing on a set of fascinating examples, he analyzes whether claims about intelligent design are untestable; whether they are discredited by the fact that many adaptations are imperfect; how evidence bears on whether present species trace back to common ancestors; how hypotheses about natural selection can be tested, and many other issues. His book will interest all readers who want to understand philosophical questions about evidence and evolution, as they arise both in Darwin's work and in contemporary biological research.dichotomous belief Present evidence updated degree of belief Prior degree of belief action utilities Figure 1.1 Present evidence and its downstream consequences. If you are ... But answering question (2) requires more than an answer to (1), and answering question (3) requires more than an answer to (2). The extra ... You want to take the lab report into account, but you have other information besides.

Title:Evidence and Evolution
Author:Elliott Sober
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2008-03-27


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