Inclusive fitness defended
Last year, I critiqued a paper arguing that inclusive fitness (reproduction by individuals who are more likely than the overall population to share alleles with a focal individual) isn't a useful concept. I disagreed, as did a lot of other blogging scientists.
This week, a significant fraction of the world's leading evolutionary biologists published letters in Nature in support of inclusive fitness, both as it applies to social insects and more generally. But the Templeton Foundation apparently liked the paper belittling the inclusive fitness concept and is giving the one of the authors millions of dollars to study "teleology and ultimate purpose in the context of evolutionary biology." More discussion at Why Evolution is True and The Loom.