Saturday, February 09, 2008

William D. Hamilton & Narrow Roads of Gene Land week   posted by Razib @ 2/09/2008 10:42:00 AM

If you don't know, I've been reviewing William D. Hamilton's Narrow Roads of Gene Land the past week over at my other blog. The papers I blogged were The genetical evolution of social behaviour - I & II, The moulding of senescence by natural selection, Extraordinary sex ratios and Innate social aptitudes of man. In The Altruism Equation Lee Alan Dugatkin notes that it's rather obvious that in the scientific literature the citation for many of Hamilton's two papers where he outlined the nature of inclusive fitness were blindly based on the verbal summary in Sociobiology and The Selfish Gene; errors in the bibliographies of both books are replicated in a substantial portion of the cites after 1975. That's pretty sad; we're not talking quantum gravity theory here. I encourage all readers interested in evolution & behavior to check out Hamilton's work in the original.