InterJournal Complex Systems, 385
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [385]
Submission Date: 507
Revised On: 10801
Formalizing the gene centered view of evolution
Author(s): Yaneer Bar-Yam ,Hiroki Sayama

Subject(s): CX.34, CX.35, CX.19

Category: Brief Article

Abstract:

A historical dispute in the conceptual underpinnings of evolution is the validity of the gene centered view of evolution. We transcend this debate by formalizing the gene centered view and establishing the limits on its applicability. We show that the gene-centered view is a dynamic version of the well known mean field approximation. It breaks down for trait divergence which corresponds to symmetry breaking in evolving populations.

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