Citation: Sandvik, H. (2000) A new evolutionary synthesis: do we need one? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 15, 205.
Key words: Nomothetic science, law of nature, idiographic science, spatiotemporal singularity, taxon individuality, Linnean category.
Abstract: A reply to Carroll (2000) in which I show that his reasons for demanding a new evolutionary synthesis are mistaken. He does not realise the distinction between nomothetic and idiographic sciences (no synthesis will ever be able to predict evolutionary history!), and he does not realise that "phyla", "classes" etc. are arbitrary constructs rather than objective entities.
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Response: Carroll has replied to my letter,