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

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Comment author: Constant2 07 November 2007 06:58:43PM 3 points [-]

Wiseman, you are not describing group selection. You are still describing individual selection, because the causally effective advantage is to the individual. The benefit to the group is a side-effect. Here is your description of the advantage, which you call the key: "because it will spend less energy developing fox fetuses that won't survive anyway." That is an advantage to the individual foxes.

I also have doubts about the specifics of your scenario, but I won't get into that.