Re: Darwin and Lamarck

Chris Lees (
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 17:40:43 +0100

Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 17:40:43 +0100
From: Chris Lees <>
Subject: Re: Darwin and Lamarck

Mario wrote in part :

> > <snip>
> > > (By the way: Darwin was a Lamarckist, in the sense that he believed in the
> > > inheritance of acquired characteristics!!! From recent findings in biology, it
> > > appears to me that he was more right than the neodarwinians and therefore
> > > Jablonka & Lambs ideas should be read with interest.)
> >
> > But this has been established for at least a decade, if not two, has it
> > not,
> > Mario ?
> Right, but why then took it me so long to discover? How many biologists and
> philosophers are truly aware of this? Why do we keep referring to the idea of
> inheritance of acquired characteristics as Lamarckism? Seems to me that this
> knowledge is somehow suppressed.

"Epigenesis,......,in fact quite ancient in biology, has been
underappreciated in the recent past for ideological reasons
anti-'vitalist' phobias), but it continues to be an indispensable


Anderson, Myrdene (1990); Biology and semiotics; Semiotics in the
Sciences; VOL. 1 (ed. W. A. Koch), Universittsverlag Dr. N. Brockmeyer.


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