By Scott Atran
This formidable, interdisciplinary e-book seeks to give an explanation for the origins of faith utilizing our wisdom of the evolution of cognition. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that faith is a derivative of human evolution simply because the cognitive intervention, cultural choice, and ancient survival of faith is an lodging of definite existential and ethical components that experience developed within the human situation.
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Because character displacement is central to an explanation of the origins of biodiversity, the study of character displacement can help unify disparate areas of evolutionary biology as well as the fields of evolution and ecology. 2, we list some suggestions for future research. FURTHER RE ADING Brown, W. , and E. O. Wilson. 1956. Character displacement. Systematic Zoology 5:49–64. This is the paper that first brought the concept of character displacement to the attention of many scientists. Darwin, C.
1), are common in many ecological communities (Stachowicz 2001; Bruno et al. 2003). According to this theory, potential competitors may coexist if the fitness benefits of positive interactions compensate for the costs of competition. A recent empirical test of this facilitation hypothesis, however, found a pattern opposite from that predicted by the theory. In particular, Alexandrou and colleagues (2011) evaluated the relative importance of competition versus Müllerian mimicry in determining the local community structure in a species-rich group of Neotropical catfishes that have converged on both an effective predator deterrent—retractable venomous spines—and a similar warning signal—bold color patterns (Müllerian mimics are mutualists that share the mortality costs of predator education concerning their unprofitability as prey; see Ruxton et al.
First, the study of character displacement can illuminate how evolutionary processes acting within species translate into major evolutionary change above the level of species. That is, character displacement can link microevolution and macroevolution. The relationship between microevolution and macroevolution has long been the focus of debate in evolutionary biology (for recent discussions, see Gould  and Carroll ). 2. Suggestions for Future Research . Identify the various agents of selection (other than competition) that can generate patterns that could be mistaken for character displacement.