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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
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Biological Labs Lecture Hall, Room 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

OEB Seminar

Martin Nowak, Professor of Biology and Mathematics; Director of Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, will give a talk on "Hamilton's Rule."

Abstract: Hamilton's rule is a well-known concept in evolutionary biology. It is usually perceived as a statement that makes predictions about natural selection in situations where interactions occur between genetic relatives. I will show that the "exact and general'' formulation of Hamilton's rule, which is widely endorsed by its proponents, is not a consequence of natural selection and not even a statement specifically about biology. Instead it is a relationship among slopes of multivariate linear regression that holds for any suitable data set. It follows that the general form of Hamilton's rule makes no predictions and cannot be tested empirically.

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Wendy Heywood

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