Reaction to Nowak & Ohtsuki work thinned in NS 15.9.2008
I rate your theory of "prevolution" to be wrong at theoretic level and also to be empty at explanatory level. In compare I am decomposing evolution teory to the lowest level of dynamic in "appear jump theory". My theory shows "stupid logic" inside evolution from its prebiotic to its biotic epoche. Correctly told, such "appear jump" or in your words "prevolutionary act of dominance" shouldn't be shown as "step to evolution" but, vice versa, as fact against classical (orthodox) darwinism. It has its plea: ineffective units are not of rivalic character, neither are they competing, from correct viewpoint when predator occures, they are (realistically) classified only as food, environment to spend or just material. So there is no evolution, but truly only probability of predator's occurence plays some role in whole process. In clearer words: at chemical level of 'prevolution' there is no rivality, only hardly given 'mathematical' path. That's why appear jump instead of evolution, at least for such abiotic models, provides better understanding.
Also I am still waiting, if all thinkers and thoughters will give up their fight for evolution, and admit, that theory taking living beings as having no additions compared to nonliving, shortly theory of anorganic evolution, and physics-ruled life gives more answers to all sciences, than any evolutionary theory, in fact only seeking medieval spirit and protecting last myth: oddity of moving life from "lentic" space. There is no problem to be equal to some natural attractor, for me, but I feel disgusted and tired to hear that life is miracle, or in other words very serious scientific problem. I guess such "panabiotic" hypothesis sufficess with facts since first microscope was invented, but this myth pottering has no other sense than flooding concept of life with empty appendixes to evolution, which promises nothing more than previous: infinite question (what is life) and answers for questions which grew from provisory theories built around such infinite question (what is evolution about).
"Any further mutation which would increase this already improved linguistic skill will be fixed in the population, since the new mutation strengthens the adaptive potential of the first mutation."
- Language, Creativity & the Speciation of Homo Sapiens (#6) by Antonio Preti; ISSN 1055-0143
"In order for animals to colonize new environments and disperse, specific traits may be required. Toads form a large and ecologically diverse group and have achieved extremely wide distribution in a very short time frame. To test what traits may be associated with species range in modern toads, Van Bocxlaer et al. (p. 679; see the news story by Pennisi) phylogenetically reconstructed the evolutionary history of morphological and physiological traits linked to the toads' geographic ranges. Toads have evolved an optimal dispersal phenotype comprising many traits, including those affecting reproductive choices and water retention, which preceded their expansion and radiation."
- This week in science; AAAS.ORG; 5.2.2010