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Reconstructing the past : parsimony, evolution, and inference, Elliott Sober

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Reconstructing the past : parsimony, evolution, and inference
Title
Reconstructing the past
Title remainder
parsimony, evolution, and inference
Statement of responsibility
Elliott Sober
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 two decades, evolutionists have been vigorously debating the appropriate methods that should be used in systematics, the field that aims at reconstructing phylogenetic relationships among species. This debate over phylogenetic inference, Elliott Sober observes, raises broader questions of hypothesis testing and theory evaluation that run head on into long standing issues concerning simplicity/parsimony in the philosophy of science. Sober treats the problem of phylogenetic inference as a detailed case study in which the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony can be tested as a principle of theory evaluation. Bringing together philosophy and biology, as well as statistics, Sober builds a general framework for understanding the circumstances in which parsimony makes sense as a tool of phylogenetic inference. Along the way he provides a detailed critique of parsimony in the biological literature, exploring the strengths and limitations of both statistical and nonstatistical cladistic arguments
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sober, Elliott
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH371
LC item number
.S63 1988
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
QH 371
NLM item number
S677r 1988
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Biology
  • Biological Evolution
  • Biology
  • Philosophy
  • Biologie
  • Évolution
  • Évolution
  • Biologie
  • Biology
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Biologie
  • Einfachheit
  • Evolution
  • Evolutionstheorie
  • Philosophie
  • Evolutionstheorie
  • Einfachheit
  • Biologie
  • Philosophie
  • Evolution
Label
Reconstructing the past : parsimony, evolution, and inference, Elliott Sober
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A Bradford book."
  • Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. [253]-259
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 265 pages
Isbn
9780262192736
Lccn
88009324
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)17803724
Label
Reconstructing the past : parsimony, evolution, and inference, Elliott Sober
Publication
Note
  • "A Bradford book."
  • Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. [253]-259
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 265 pages
Isbn
9780262192736
Lccn
88009324
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)17803724

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