[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 11th of October: Kate Lynch (MQ)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Fri Oct 7 16:15:54 AEDT 2016

The Baldwin Effect and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis

Kate Lynch (MQ)

Date: Tuesday, 11th of October
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: W6A 107, Macquarie University

ABSTRACT: The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES) is an alternative conceptual framework that has recently emerged in evolutionary biology. It aims to provide an updated account of biological evolution which goes beyond the selection of random mutations, by describing how development, plasticity, alternative inheritance systems, and constructed niches contribute to changes in phenotypic and genotypic variation across time. While still controversial, the group of ideas encompassed by the synthesis are gaining increasing attention and empirical support. The Baldwin Effect (1896) describes the effect that learnt and inherited behaviours can have on the direction and rate of evolution. Although the effect does not violate the 'Weismann barrier' (whereby hereditary information moves from genes to cells, and never in reverse), it at first glance appears Lamarkian. Perhaps because of this it is an idea that has been widely neglected by biologists. Revisiting the Baldwin Effect in light of the EES may provide a more palatable and acceptable version of the idea, which can be used to frame experimental investigations and analysis.

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