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File:Archibald Thorburn Blackcocks at the Lek 1901.jpg|thumb|upright=1.3|Early explanations of social behavior, such as the lekking of blackcock, spoke of "the good of the species". Blackcocks at the Lek watercolour and bodycolour by Archibald ThorburnArchibald ThorburnGroup selection is a proposed mechanism of evolution in which natural selection acts at the level of the group, instead of at the more conventional level of the individual.Early authors such as V. C. Wynne-Edwards and Konrad Lorenz argued that the behavior of animals could affect their survival and reproduction as groups, speaking for instance of actions for the good of the species. In the 1930s, R.A. Fisher and J.B.S. Haldane proposed the concept of kin selection, arguing that animals should sacrifice for their relatives, and thereby implying that they should not sacrifice for non-relatives; Haldane even jokingly introduced a mathematical basis for familial altruism, suggesting that he would die for two siblings or eight cousins. From the mid 1960s, evolutionary biologists such as John Maynard Smith argued that natural selection acted primarily at the level of the individual. They argued on the basis of mathematical models that individuals would not altruistically sacrifice fitness for the sake of a group. They persuaded the majority of biologists that group selection did not occur, other than in special situations such as the haplodiploid social insects like honeybees (in the Hymenoptera), where kin selection was possible.In 1994 David Sloan Wilson and Elliott Sober argued for multi-level selection, including group selection, on the grounds that groups, like individuals, could compete. In 2010 three authors including E. O. Wilson, known for his work on social insects especially ants, again revisited the arguments for group selection. They argued that group selection can occur when competition between two or more groups, some containing altruistic individuals who act cooperatively together, is more important for survival than competition between individuals within each group. Howard Rachlin, William M. Baum, and Carsta Simon have proposed group selection of behavioral patterns during ontogeny parallel to group selection during phylogeny.JOURNAL, Rachlin, Howard, April 2019, Group selection in behavioral evolution, Behavioural Processes, 161, 65–72, 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.09.005, 28899811, 0376-6357, JOURNAL, Simon, Carsta, Hessen, Dag O., April 2019, Selection as a domain-general evolutionary process, Behavioural Processes, 161, 3–16, 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.12.020, 29278778, 0376-6357, JOURNAL, Baum, William M., 2018-10-09, Multiscale behavior analysis and molar behaviorism: An overview, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 110, 3, 302–322, 10.1002/jeab.476, 30302758, 0022-5002, Their proposals provoked a strong rebuttal from a large group of evolutionary biologists and behavior analysts.

Early developments

{{further|natural selection|kin selection|inclusive fitness in humans}}Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution in his book, Origin of Species. Darwin also made the first suggestion of group selection in The Descent of Man that the evolution of groups could affect the survival of individuals. He wrote, "If one man in a tribe... invented a new snare or weapon, the tribe would increase in number, spread, and supplant other tribes. In a tribe thus rendered more numerous there would always be a rather better chance of the birth of other superior and inventive members."BOOK, Darwin, Charles, Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871, BOOK, Wilson, E. O., E. O. Wilson, The Social Conquest of Earth, 2013, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, Once Darwinism had been accepted in the modern synthesis of the mid-twentieth century, animal behavior was glibly explained with unsubstantiated hypotheses about survival value, which was largely taken for granted. The naturalist Konrad Lorenz had argued loosely in books like On Aggression (1966) that animal behavior patterns were "for the good of the species",BOOK, Tudge, Colin, Engineer In The Garden,weblink 31 March 2011, Random House, 978-1-4464-6698-8, 115, BOOK, Burkhardt, Richard W., Patterns of Behavior: Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Founding of Ethology,weblink 2005, University of Chicago Press, 978-0-226-08090-1, 432, without actually studying survival value in the field. Richard Dawkins noted that Lorenz was a "'good of the species' man"BOOK, Dawkins, Richard, The Selfish Gene, 1st, 1976, Oxford University Press, 978-0198575191, 9, 72, The Selfish Gene, so accustomed to group selection thinking that he did not realize his views "contravened orthodox Darwinian theory". The ethologist Niko Tinbergen praised Lorenz for his interest in the survival value of behavior, and naturalists enjoyed Lorenz's writings for the same reason. In 1962, group selection was used as a popular explanation for adaptation by the zoologist V. C. Wynne-Edwards.Wynne-Edwards, V.C. (1962). Animal Dispersion in Relation to Social Behaviour. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd.Wynne-Edwards, V. C. (1986) Evolution Through Group Selection, Blackwell. {{ISBN|0-632-01541-1}} In 1976, Richard Dawkins wrote a well-known book on the importance of evolution at the level of the gene or the individual, The Selfish Gene.BOOK, Dawkins, Richard, Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science), 2016, Oxford University Press, 4th, File:Apis mellifera (queen and workers).jpg|thumb|upright|Social behavior in honeybees is explained by kin selection: their haplodiploid inheritance system makes workers very closely related to their queen (centre).]]From the mid 1960s, evolutionary biologists argued that natural selection acted primarily at the level of the individual. In 1964, John Maynard Smith,JOURNAL, 10.1038/2011145a0, Maynard Smith, J., John Maynard Smith, 1964, Group selection and kin selection, Nature (journal), Nature, 201, 4924, 1145–1147, 1964Natur.201.1145S, C. M. Perrins (1964),BOOK, Perrins, Chris, C. M. Perrins, Williams, George C., George C. Williams (biologist), Survival of Young Swifts in Relation to Brood-Size, Group Selection,weblink Transaction Publishers, 978-0-202-36635-7, 116–118, 2017, and George C. Williams in his 1966 book Adaptation and Natural Selection cast serious doubt on group selection as a major mechanism of evolution; Williams's 1971 book Group Selection assembled writings from many authors on the same theme.BOOK, George C. Williams (biologist), Williams, George C., 1972, Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought, Princeton University Press, 978-0-691-02357-1, Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought, BOOK, Williams, George C., 2008, 1971], Group Selection (book), Group Selection, Transaction Publishers, 978-0-202-36222-9, It was at that time generally agreed that the primary exception of social group selection was in the social insects, and the explanation was limited to the unique inheritance system (involving haplodiploidy) of the eusocial Hymenoptera such as honeybees, which encourages kin selection, since workers are closely related.JOURNAL, Abbot, P., etal, 2011, Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality, Nature, 471, 7339, E1–E4, 10.1038/nature09831, 21430721, 3836173, 2011Natur.471E...1A,

Kin selection and inclusive fitness theory

{{further | Unit of selection|inclusive fitness|inclusive fitness in humans}}Early group selection models assumed that genes acted independently, for example a gene that coded for cooperation or altruism. Genetically-based reproduction of individuals implies that, in group formation, the altruistic genes would need a way to act for the benefit of members in the group to enhance the fitness of many individuals with the same gene.JOURNAL, Goodnight, C. J., Stevens, L., 1997, Experimental studies of group selection: What do they tell us about group selection in nature, American Naturalist, 150, S59–S79, 10.1086/286050, 18811313, But it is expected from this model that individuals of the same species would compete against each other for the same resources. This would put cooperating individuals at a disadvantage, making genes for cooperation likely to be eliminated. Group selection on the level of the species is flawed because it is difficult to see how selective pressures would be applied to competing/non-cooperating individuals.Experiments from the late 1970s suggested that selection involving groups was possible.JOURNAL, 10.2307/2407552, 28567731, Wade, M. J., 1977, An experimental study of group selection, Evolution, 31, 1, 134–153, 2407552, Kin selection between related individuals is accepted as an explanation of altruistic behavior. In this model, genetically related individuals cooperate because survival advantages to one individual also benefit kin who share some fraction of the same genes, giving a mechanism for favoring genetic selection.JOURNAL, Wade, M. J., Wilson, D. S., David Sloan Wilson, Goodnight, C., Taylor, D., Bar-Yam, Y., de Aguiar, M. A., Stacey, B., Werfel, J., Hoelzer, G. A., Brodie, E. D., Fields, P., Breden, F., Linksvayer, T. A., Fletcher, J. A., Richerson, P. J., Bever, J. D., Van Dyken, J. D., Zee, P., Multilevel and kin selection in a connected world., Nature, Feb 18, 2010, 463, 7283, E8–9; discussion E9–10, 20164866, 10.1038/nature08809, 3151728, 2010Natur.463....8W, Inclusive fitness theory, first proposed by W. D. Hamilton in the early 1960s, gives a selection criterion for evolution of social traits when social behavior is costly to an individual organism's survival and reproduction. This behavior could emerge under conditions such that the statistical likelihood that benefits accrue to the survival and reproduction of other organisms whom also carry the social trait. Inclusive fitness theory is a general treatment of the statistical probabilities of social traits accruing to any other organisms likely to propagate a copy of the same social trait. Kin selection theory treats the narrower but simpler case of the benefits to close genetic relatives (or what biologists call 'kin') who may also carry and propagate the trait. A significant group of biologists support inclusive fitness as the explanation for social behavior in a wide range of species, as supported by experimental data. An article was published in Nature with over a hundred coauthors.One of the questions about kin selection is the requirement that individuals must know if other individuals are related to them, or kin recognition. Any altruistic act has to preserve similar genes. One argument given by Hamilton is that many individuals operate in "viscous" conditions, so that they live in physical proximity to relatives. Under these conditions, they can act altruistically to any other individual, and it is likely that the other individual will be related. This population structure builds a continuum between individual selection, kin selection, kin group selection and group selection without a clear boundary for each level. However, early theoretical models by D.S. Wilson et al.JOURNAL, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, Pollock, G. B., Dugatkin, L. A., Can altruism evolve in purely viscous populations?, Evolutionary Ecology, 1992, 6, 4, 331–341, 10.1007/bf02270969, and TaylorJOURNAL, Taylor, P. D., Altruism in viscous populations – an inclusive fitness model., Evol. Ecol., 1992, 6, 4, 352–356, 10.1007/bf02270971, showed that pure population viscosity cannot lead to cooperation and altruism. This is because any benefit generated by kin cooperation is exactly cancelled out by kin competition; additional offspring from cooperation are eliminated by local competition. Mitteldorf and D. S. Wilson later showed that if the population is allowed to fluctuate, then local populations can temporarily store the benefit of local cooperation and promote the evolution of cooperation and altruism.JOURNAL, Mitteldorf, Joshua, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, Population viscosity and the evolution of altruism, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2000, 204, 4, 481–496,weblink 10.1006/jtbi.2000.2007, 10.1.1.144.8232, By assuming individual differences in adaptations, Yang further showed that the benefit of local altruism can be stored in the form of offspring quality and thus promote the evolution of altruism even if the population does not fluctuate. This is because local competition among more individuals resulting from local altruism increases the average local fitness of the individuals that survive.JOURNAL, Yang, Jiang-Nan, Viscous populations evolve altruistic programmed aging in ability conflict in a changing environment, Evolutionary Ecology Research, 2013, 15, 527–543,weblink Another explanation for the recognition of genes for altruism is that a single trait, group reciprocal kindness, is capable of explaining the vast majority of altruism that is generally accepted as "good" by modern societies. The phenotype of altruism relies on recognition of the altruistic behavior by itself. The trait of kindness will be recognized by sufficiently intelligent and undeceived organisms in other individuals with the same trait. Moreover, the existence of such a trait predicts a tendency for kindness to unrelated organisms that are apparently kind, even if the organisms are of a completely different species. The gene need not be exactly the same, so long as the effect or phenotype is similar. Multiple versions of the gene—or even meme—would have virtually the same effect. This explanation was given by Richard Dawkins as an analogy of a man with a green beard. Green-bearded men are imagined as tending to cooperate with each other simply by seeing a green beard, where the green beard trait is incidentally linked to the reciprocal kindness trait.

Multilevel selection theory

{{further | Unit of selection}}Kin selection or inclusive fitness is accepted as an explanation for cooperative behavior in many species, but there are some species, including some human behavior, that are difficult to explain with only this approach. In particular, it does not seem to explain the rapid rise of human civilization. David Sloan Wilson has argued that other factors must also be considered in evolution.BOOK, Wilson, David Sloan, Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others, 2015, Yale University Press, 978-0-300-18949-0, Wilson and others have continued to develop group selection models.JOURNAL, Yang, Jiang-Nan, Viscous populations evolve altruistic programmed aging in ability conflict in a changing environment, Evolutionary Ecology Research, 2013, 15, 527–543,weblink JOURNAL, Koeslag, J. H., 1997, Sex, the prisoner's dilemma game, and the evolutionary inevitability of cooperation, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 189, 1, 53–61, 10.1006/jtbi.1997.0496, 9398503, JOURNAL, Koeslag, J.H., 2003, Evolution of cooperation: cooperation defeats defection in the cornfield model,weblink Journal of Theoretical Biology, 224, 3, 399–410, 10.1016/s0022-5193(03)00188-7, 12941597, WEB,weblink open letter to Richard Dawkins, Wilson, David Sloan, 2010, scienceblogs.com, Self-published, 12 January 2015, JOURNAL, Goodnight, Charles, June 2013, On multilevel selection and kin selection: Contextual analysis meets direct fitness, Evolution, 67, 6, 1539–1548, 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01821.x, 23730749, Early group selection models were flawed because they assumed that genes acted independently; but genetically-based interactions among individuals are ubiquitous in group formation because genes must cooperate for the benefit of association in groups to enhance the fitness of group members. Additionally, group selection on the level of the species is flawed because it is difficult to see how selective pressures would be applied; selection in social species of groups against other groups, rather than the species entire, seems to be the level at which selective pressures are plausible. On the other hand, kin selection is accepted as an explanation of altruistic behavior.WEB,weblink open letter to Richard Dawkins, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, 2010, scienceblogs.com, Self-published, 12 January 2015, Some biologists argue that kin selection and multilevel selection are both needed to "obtain a complete understanding of the evolution of a social behavior system".JOURNAL, Goodnight, Charles, June 2013, On multilevel selection and kin selection: Contextual analysis meets direct fitness, Evolution, 67, 6, 1539–1548, 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01821.x, 23730749, In 1994 David Sloan Wilson and Elliott Sober argued that the case against group selection had been overstated. They considered whether groups can have functional organization in the same way as individuals, and consequently whether groups can be "vehicles" for selection. They do not posit evolution on the level of the species, but selective pressures that winnow out small groups within a species, e.g. groups of social insects or primates. Groups that cooperate better might survive and reproduce more than those that did not. Resurrected in this way, Wilson & Sober's new group selection is called multilevel selection theory.JOURNAL, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, Sober, Elliott, Elliott Sober, 1994, Reintroducing group selection to the human behavioral sciences, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 17, 4, 585–654, 10.1017/s0140525x00036104, In 2010, M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita and E. O. Wilson argued for multi-level selection, including group selection, to correct what they saw as deficits in the explanatory power of inclusive fitness.JOURNAL, 2010, The evolution of eusociality, Nature, 466, 7310, 1057–1062, 10.1038/nature09205, 20740005, 3279739, Nowak, M. A., Tarnita, C. E., Wilson, E. O., E. O. Wilson, 2010Natur.466.1057N, A response from 137 other evolutionary biologists argued "that their arguments are based upon a misunderstanding of evolutionary theory and a misrepresentation of the empirical literature".File:Wilson's Matryoshka Doll Multilevel Selection Model.jpg|thumb|upright=1.3|David Sloan Wilson and Elliott Sober's 1994 Multilevel Selection Model, illustrated by a nested set of Russian matryoshka dollmatryoshka dollWilson compared the layers of competition and evolution to nested sets of Russian matryoshka dolls.JOURNAL, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, Wilson, E. O., E. O. Wilson, 2008, Evolution 'for the good of the group', American Scientist, 96, 5, 380–389, 10.1511/2008.74.1, The lowest level is the genes, next come the cells, then the organism level and finally the groups. The different levels function cohesively to maximize fitness, or reproductive success. The theory asserts that selection for the group level, involving competition between groups, must outweigh the individual level, involving individuals competing within a group, for a group-benefiting trait to spread.JOURNAL, O'Gorman, R., Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, Sheldon, K. M., 2008, For the good of the group? Exploring group-level evolutionary adaptations using multilevel selection theory, (Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice), 12, 1, 17–26, 10.1037/1089-2699.12.1.17,weblink Multilevel selection theory focuses on the phenotype because it looks at the levels that selection directly acts upon. For humans, social norms can be argued to reduce individual level variation and competition, thus shifting selection to the group level. The assumption is that variation between different groups is larger than variation within groups. Competition and selection can operate at all levels regardless of scale. Wilson wrote, "At all scales, there must be mechanisms that coordinate the right kinds of action and prevent disruptive forms of self-serving behavior at lower levels of social organization." E. O. Wilson summarized, "In a group, selfish individuals beat altruistic individuals. But, groups of altruistic individuals beat groups of selfish individuals."WEB, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, The Central Question of Group Selection,weblink Edge.org, 19 Apr 2018, Wilson ties the multilevel selection theory regarding humans to another theory, gene-culture coevolution, by acknowledging that culture seems to characterize a group-level mechanism for human groups to adapt to environmental changes.MLS theory can be used to evaluate the balance between group selection and individual selection in specific cases. An experiment by William Muir compared egg productivity in hens, showing that a hyper-aggressive strain had been produced through individual selection, leading to many fatal attacks after only six generations; by implication, it could be argued that group selection must have been acting to prevent this in real life.JOURNAL, Muir, W. M., 2009, Genetic selection and behaviour, Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 89, 1, 182, Group selection has most often been postulated in humans and, notably, eusocial Hymenoptera that make cooperation a driving force of their adaptations over time and have a unique system of inheritance involving haplodiploidy that allows the colony to function as an individual while only the queen reproduces.JOURNAL, Boyd, R., Richerson, P. J., 2009, Culture and the evolution of human cooperation, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 364, 1533, 3281–3288, 10.1098/rstb.2009.0134, 19805434, 2781880, Wilson and Sober's work revived interest in multilevel selection. In a 2005 article,JOURNAL, Wilson, E. O., E. O. Wilson, 2005, Kin Selection as the Key to Altruism: its Rise and Fall, Social Research, 72, 1, 159–166, E. O. Wilson argued that kin selection could no longer be thought of as underlying the evolution of extreme sociality, for two reasons. First, he suggested, the argument that haplodiploid inheritance (as in the Hymenoptera) creates a strong selection pressure towards nonreproductive castes is mathematically flawed.JOURNAL, Trivers, Robert, Robert Trivers, 1976, Haploidploidy and the evolution of the social insect, Science, 191, 4224, 250–263, 10.1126/science.1108197, 1108197, 1976Sci...191..249T, Second, eusociality no longer seems to be confined to the hymenopterans; increasing numbers of highly social taxa have been found in the years since Wilson's foundational text (Sociobiology: A New Synthesis) was published in 1975. These including a variety of insect species, as well as two rodent species (the naked mole-rat and the Damaraland mole rat). Wilson suggests the equation for Hamilton's rule:JOURNAL, Hamilton, W. D., W. D. Hamilton, 1964, The Evolution of Social Behaviour, The evolution of social behaviour, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 7, 1, 1–16, 10.1016/0022-5193(64)90038-4, 5875341,
rb > c
(where b represents the benefit to the recipient of altruism, c the cost to the altruist, and r their degree of relatedness) should be replaced by the more general equation
rbk + be > c
in which bk is the benefit to kin (b in the original equation) and be is the benefit accruing to the group as a whole. He then argues that, in the present state of the evidence in relation to social insects, it appears that be>rbk, so that altruism needs to be explained in terms of selection at the colony level rather than at the kin level. However, kin selection and group selection are not distinct processes, and the effects of multi-level selection are already accounted for in Hamilton's rule, rb>c,JOURNAL, West, S. A., Griffin, A. S., Gardner, A., 2007,weblink Social semantics: altruism, cooperation, mutualism, strong reciprocity and group selection, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20, 2, 415–432, 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2006.01258.x, 17305808, {{dead link|date=February 2019|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} provided that an expanded definition of r, not requiring Hamilton's original assumption of direct genealogical relatedness, is used, as proposed by E. O. Wilson himself.WEB, Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology,weblink Wilson, David Sloan, 10 September 2013, Spatial populations of predators and prey show restraint of reproduction at equilibrium, both individually and through social communication, as originally proposed by Wynne-Edwards. While these spatial populations do not have well-defined groups for group selection, the local spatial interactions of organisms in transient groups are sufficient to lead to a kind of multi-level selection. There is however as yet no evidence that these processes operate in the situations where Wynne-Edwards posited them.JOURNAL, Rauch, E. M., Sayama, H., Bar-Yam, Y., 2003, Dynamics and genealogy of strains in spatially extended host-pathogen models, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 221, 4, 655–664, 10.1006/jtbi.2003.3127, 10.1.1.12.5712, JOURNAL, Werfel, J., Bar-Yam, Y., 2004, The evolution of reproductive restraint through social communication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 101, 30, 11019–11020, 10.1073/pnas.0305059101, 15256603, 491990, 2004PNAS..10111019W, Rauch et al.'s analysis of host-parasite evolution, which even E. O. Wilson recognised as a situation where group selection was possible (1975), is broadly hostile to group selection. Specifically, the parasites do not individually moderate their transmission; rather, more transmissible variants "continually arise and grow rapidly for many generations but eventually go extinct before dominating the system."BOOK, Wilson, E. O., E. O. Wilson, 1975, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Belknap Press, 978-0-674-81621-3, {{page needed|date=July 2018}}

Applications

Differing evolutionarily stable strategies

The problem with group selection is that for a whole group to get a single trait, it must spread through the whole group first by regular evolution. But, as J. L. Mackie suggested, when there are many different groups, each with a different evolutionarily stable strategy, there is selection between the different strategies, since some are worse than others.BOOK, Dawkins, Richard, The Selfish Gene, Oxford University Press, 1976, 74–94, For example, a group where altruism was universal would indeed outcompete a group where every creature acted in its own interest, so group selection might seem feasible; but a mixed group of altruists and non-altruists would be vulnerable to cheating by non-altruists within the group, so group selection would collapse.BOOK, Axelrod, Robert, 1984, The Evolution of Cooperation, Basic Books, 98, 978-0465005642,

Implications in population biology

Social behaviors such as altruism and group relationships can impact many aspects of population dynamics, such as intraspecific competition and interspecific interactions. In 1871, Darwin argued that group selection occurs when the benefits of cooperation or altruism between subpopulations are greater than the individual benefits of egotism within a subpopulation. This supports the idea of multilevel selection, but kinship also plays an integral role because many subpopulations are composed of closely related individuals. An example of this can be found in lions, which are simultaneously cooperative and territorial.JOURNAL, Heinsohn, R., Packer, C., 1995, Complex cooperative strategies in group-territorialAfrican lions, Science, 269, 5228, 1260–1262, 10.1126/science.7652573, 7652573, 1995Sci...269.1260H, Within a pride, males protect the pride from outside males, and females, who are commonly sisters, communally raise cubs and hunt. However, this cooperation seems to be density dependent. When resources are limited, group selection favors prides that work together to hunt. When prey is abundant, cooperation is no longer beneficial enough to outweigh the disadvantages of altruism, and hunting is no longer cooperative.Interactions between different species can also be affected by multilevel selection. Predator-prey relationships can also be affected. Individuals of certain monkey species howl to warn the group of the approach of a predator.BOOK, Cheney, D. L., Seyfarth, R. M., 1990, How monkeys see the world: Inside the mind of another species, University of Chicago Press, 978-0-226-10246-7, The evolution of this trait benefits the group by providing protection, but could be disadvantageous to the individual if the howling draws the predator's attention to them. By affecting these interspecific interactions, multilevel and kinship selection can change the population dynamics of an ecosystem.Multilevel selection attempts to explain the evolution of altruistic behavior in terms of quantitative genetics. Increased frequency or fixation of altruistic alleles can be accomplished through kin selection, in which individuals engage in altruistic behavior to promote the fitness of genetically similar individuals such as siblings. However, this can lead to inbreeding depression,JOURNAL, Wade, M. J., Breden, Sept, 1981, Effect of Inbreeding on the Evolution of Altruistic Behavior by Kin Selection, Evolution, 35, 5, 844–858, 10.2307/2407855, 28581060, 2407855, which typically lowers the overall fitness of a population. However, if altruism were to be selected for through an emphasis on benefit to the group as opposed to relatedness and benefit to kin, both the altruistic trait and genetic diversity could be preserved. However, relatedness should still remain a key consideration in studies of multilevel selection. Experimentally imposed multilevel selection on Japanese quail was more effective by an order of magnitude on closely related kin groups than on randomized groups of individuals.JOURNAL, Muir, W. M., etal, June 2013, Multilevel selection with kin and non-kin groups,Experimental results with Japanese quail, Evolution, 67, 6, 1598–1606, 10.1111/evo.12062, 23730755, 3744746,

Gene-culture coevolution in humans

File:Sri Mariamman Temple Singapore 3 amk.jpg|thumb|upright|Humanity has developed extremely rapidly, arguably through gene-culture coevolution, leading to complex cultural artefacts like the gopuramgopuramGene-culture coevolution (also called dual inheritance theory) is a modern hypothesis (applicable mostly to humans) that combines evolutionary biology and modern sociobiology to indicate group selection.JOURNAL, Mesoudi, A., Danielson, P., 2008, Ethics, evolution and culture, Theory in Biosciences, 127, 3, 229–240, 10.1007/s12064-008-0027-y, 18357481, It treats culture as a separate evolutionary system that acts in parallel to the usual genetic evolution to transform human traits.BOOK, For Whose Benefit? The Biological and Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation, Lindenfors, Patrik, Springer, 2017, 978-3-319-50873-3, It is believed that this approach of combining genetic influence with cultural influence over several generations is not present in the other hypotheses such as reciprocal altruism and kin selection, making gene-culture evolution one of the strongest realistic hypotheses for group selection. Fehr provides evidence of group selection taking place in humans presently with experimentation through logic games such as prisoner’s dilemma, the type of thinking that humans have developed many generations ago.JOURNAL, Fehr, E., Fischbacher, Urs, 2003, The nature of human altruism. [Review], Nature, 425, 6960, 785–791, 10.1038/nature02043, 14574401, 2003Natur.425..785F, Gene-culture coevolution allows humans to develop highly distinct adaptations to the local pressures and environments more quickly than with genetic evolution alone. Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson, two strong proponents of cultural evolution, postulate that the act of social learning, or learning in a group as done in group selection, allows human populations to accrue information over many generations.Boyd, R., & Richerson, P. J. (2009) Culture and the evolution of human cooperation. This leads to cultural evolution of behaviors and technology alongside genetic evolution. Boyd and Richerson believe that the ability to collaborate evolved during the Middle Pleistocene, a million years ago, in response to a rapidly changing climate.In 2003, the behavioral scientist Herbert Gintis examined cultural evolution statistically, offering evidence that societies that promote pro-social norms have higher survival rates than societies that do not.JOURNAL, Gintis, H., 2003, The hitchhiker's guide to altruism: Gene-culture coevolution, and the internalization of norms, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 12623279, 220, 4, 407–418, 10.1006/jtbi.2003.3104, Gintis wrote that genetic and cultural evolution can work together. Genes transfer information in DNA, and cultures transfer information encoded in brains, artifacts, or documents. Language, tools, lethal weapons, fire, cooking, etc., have a long-term effect on genetics. For example, cooking led to a reduction of size of the human gut, since less digestion is needed for cooked food. Language led to a change in the human larynx and an increase in brain size. Projectile weapons led to changes in human hands and shoulders, such that humans are much better at throwing objects than the closest human relative, the chimpanzee.WEB, Gintis, Herbert, On the Evolution of Human Morality,weblink Edge.org, 20 Apr 2018,

Criticism

The use of the Price equation to support group selection was challenged by van Veelen in 2012, arguing that it is based on invalid mathematical assumptions.JOURNAL, 10.1016/j.jtbi.2011.07.025, 299, Group selection and inclusive fitness are not equivalent; the Price equation vs. models and statistics, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 64–80, 21839750, April 2012, van Veelen, M, García, J., Sabelis, M. W., Egas, M., Richard Dawkins and other advocates of the gene-centered view of evolution remain unconvinced about group selection.See the chapter God's utility function in BOOK, Richard, Dawkins, Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden, Basic Books, 1995, 978-0-465-06990-3, River Out of Eden, JOURNAL, Dawkins, R., Richard Dawkins, 1994, Burying the Vehicle Commentary on Wilson & Sober: Group Selection, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 17, 4, 616–617,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060915085010weblink">weblink 2006-09-15, 10.1017/S0140525X00036207, JOURNAL, Dennett, D. C., Daniel Dennett, 1994, E Pluribus Unum? Commentary on Wilson & Sober: Group Selection,weblink Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 17, 4, 617–618,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071227065311weblink">weblink 2007-12-27, 10.1017/S0140525X00036219, In particular, Dawkins suggests that group selection fails to make an appropriate distinction between replicators and vehicles.Richard Dawkins, " Replicators and Vehicles", King's College Sociobiology Group, eds., Current Problems in Sociobiology, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, (1982), pp. 45–64The psychologist Steven Pinker concluded that "group selection has no useful role to play in psychology or social science", since it "is not a precise implementation of the theory of natural selection, as it is, say, in genetic algorithms or artificial life simulations. Instead it is a loose metaphor, more like the struggle among kinds of tires or telephones."WEB, Pinker, Steven, Steven Pinker, 2012,weblink The False Allure of Group Selection, Edge, 28 November 2018, The evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne summarized the arguments in The New York Review of Books in non-technical terms as follows:Coyne, J. A. (2011). Can Darwinism Improve Binghamton?, New York Review of Books, September 9, 2011.

References

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Further reading

  • JOURNAL, Bergstrom, T. C., 2002, Evolution of Social Behavior: Individual and Group Selection,weblink Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16, 2, 67–88, 10.1257/0895330027265, 10.1.1.377.5059,
  • JOURNAL, Bijma, P., Muir, W. M., Van Arendonk, J. A. M., 2007, Multilevel Selection 1: Quantitative Genetics of Inheritance and Response to Selection, Genetics, 17110494, 175, 1, 1775021, 277–288, 10.1534/genetics.106.062711,
  • JOURNAL, Bijma, P., Muir, W. M., Ellen, E. D., Wolf, Jason B., Van Arendonk, J. A. M., 2007, Multilevel Selection 2: Estimating the Genetic Parameters Determining Inheritance and Response to Selection, Genetics, 17110493, 175, 1, 1775010, 289–299, 10.1534/genetics.106.062729,
  • JOURNAL, Boyd, R., Richerson, P. J., 2002, Group Beneficial Norms Spread Rapidly in a Structured Population,weblink Journal of Theoretical Biology, 215, 3, 287–296, 10.1006/jtbi.2001.2515, 12054837, 10.1.1.405.1548,
  • JOURNAL, West, S. A., Griffin, A. S., Gardner, A., 2008, Social semantics: how useful has group selection been?,weblink Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21, 374–385, 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2007.01458.x, {{dead link|date=March 2019|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}
  • BOOK, Sober, Elliott, Elliott Sober, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, 1998, Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, Harvard University Press, 978-0674930476,
  • JOURNAL, Soltis, J., Boyd, R., Richerson, P. J., 1995, Can Group-functional Behaviors Evolve by Cultural Group Selection? An Empirical Test,weblink Current Anthropology, 63, 3, 473–494, 10.1086/204381,
  • JOURNAL, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, 1987, Altruism in Mendelian populations derived from sibling groups: The haystack model revisited, Evolution, 41, 5, 1059–1070, 2409191, 10.2307/2409191,
  • BOOK, Wilson, David Sloan, David Sloan Wilson, 2006, Human groups as adaptive units: toward a permanent consensus, P. Carruthers, S. Laurence & S. Stich, The Innate Mind: Culture and Cognition, Oxford University Press, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090226134728weblink">weblinkweblink 26 February 2009, 978-0195310146,

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