Sunday, 1 March 2015

Popular internet dictionary parrots kin selection FUD

I visited the entry for inclusive fitness today and was surprised to see the following F.U.D.:

Inclusive fitness turns out to be a phantom measure that cannot be obtained.

Inclusive fitness theory is neither useful nor necessary to explain the evolution of eusociality or other phenomena.
Further, the second quote was mirrored by Google at the top of its search results for "inclusive fitness" - as though it was a definition of the term! You might still be able to see this for yourself here.

Low levels of machine intelligence can cause this sort of problem, it seems.

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