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A Reply to Maynard Smith’s Rejoinder

ByV. C. Wynne-Edwards

Dr. Maynard Smith’s communication raises a good many more questions than I can attempt to answer here. The major obstacle to constructive discussion between us really arises from the understandable (though regrettable) differences in outlook and experience between a laboratory geneticist and a field ecologist. To me his picture of territorial systems and other aspects of conventional behavior appears scarcely true or comprehensive enough to provide a basis for valid deduction; my own grasp of the genetical theory of natural selection, on the other hand, no doubt looks still more halting and inept to him. We ought to enlarge the area of common ground, but that is too big a task to discharge effectively here.