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plurifactionPlurifaktion (ger.)

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    Perhaps we should begin our analysis of process with a descriptive approach and simply focus upon the set of features that increase their relative or absolute abundance within populations, species or clades by the only general processes that can yield such “plurifaction,” or “more making”: differential branching or persistence (see Arnold and Fristrup, MS).

    Gould, S.J. & Vrba, E.S. (1982). Exaptation – a missing term in the science of form. Paleobiol. 8, 4-15: 12. [Not in: Arnold, A.J. & Fristrup, K. (1982). The theory of evolution by natural selection: a hierarchical expansion. Paleobiology 8, 113-129]


    The “goal” of natural selection cannot be defined by faithful replication, but rather by relative “plurifaction,” or “more-making.” The individual that plurifies by increasing the percentage of its contribution to the heredity of the next generation (however the units or items of heredity be constituted) gains in the evolutionary game. And we call the game Darwinian if plurifaction occurs by a causal interaction between properties of the successful individual and its environment.

    Gould, S.J. (2002). The Structure of Evolutionary Theory: 611.