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Evolution and Optimality: Feathers, Bowling Balls, and the Thesis of AdaptationismThis paper discusses the thesis of adaptationism in evolutionary biology. It is argued that there is a serious scientific question here whose answer is not yet in hand. The truth or falsity of adaptationism is a substantive question about the history of life that must be decided on a trait by trait basis.