Lamarckian illusions

Modern physics views Newtonian mechanics as an approximation that holds at low speeds but fails to accurately describe physical relations between objects at speeds close to that of light. By analogy, regarding [multicellular] organisms as units of evolution is an approximation that does not hold at the microbial and molecular scales, where a gene-centered perspective must be adopted to fully explain certain events.

Weiss (2015; Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30:566)


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