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36 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 07 November 2007 07:47AM

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Comment author: [deleted] 15 December 2014 06:32:15PM 0 points [-]

Suppose an organism of an A_ genotype emits pheromons depressing development of female reproductive organs in receptive organisms of same population (with an aa genotype), and so gains resources for its own reproduction during a given season, and then during the next season it doesn't emit the pheromon (through some environmental regulation/...) and the homozygotes of the population get a chance to reproduce... Does this count as group selection? It would be still the same species, since the A_ can receive sperm from any genotype, and use of resources can be regulated. (I'm just trying to apply 'group selection' to anything without a nervous system, and having trouble. It seems to me lately that your 'evolution' is a rather selective concept.)