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From whatever I read have seen that the mechanisms of evolution are

  • natural selection
  • mutation
  • genetic drift, and
  • gene flow

But artificial selection is often taught like a separate subtopic, but why isn't artificial selection also considered a mechanism of evolution? Doesn't it work the same as natural selection, it's just the cause that is different?

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  • $\begingroup$ Artificial selection is an artificial distinction, caused by human chauvinism - people who want to see humans as somehow standing outside of nature. It would be more accurate to call it deliberate or intentional selection. $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Nov 28 '20 at 17:49

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