Re: Evolution, "adaptation", and what's currently adaptive

Bryant (
28 Aug 1996 07:54:14 -0600

In article <>,
Stephen Barnard <> wrote:

>My own personal take on this is that adaptation is an extremely
>effective concept in biology. It is also extremely vulnerable to abuse
>and to the construction of "just-so" stories. People with principles
>who make adaptationist arguments *must* be aware of that. I think
>Bryant is.

Of course, and I recognize that I should have used less speculative
examples in my argument with Lenny. I've suggested that we use the more
documented "thirst" neuropeptide in the rest of our thread.

On the other hand, there's no particular merit in Gould's "just how"
stories, either.

> Steve Barnard