Darwin-L Message Log 5:70 (January 1994)

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<5:70>From ARKEO4@FENNEL.WT.UWA.EDU.AU  Thu Jan 13 03:32:43 1994

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 1994 17:37:39 +0800 (SST)
Subject: RE: On critiques of "neoDarwinism"
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

> Date: Thu, 13 Jan 1994 02:40:08 -0600
> From: Ron Amundson <ronald@uhunix.uhcc.Hawaii.Edu>
noted, very much in passing,
> Finally, in the true historical spirit of Darwin-L, I will note that
> the term "neoDarwinism" originally referred to Weismann's version of
> Darwinism, which did indeed distinguish germ line from soma line
> cells, and so rule out use-inheritance.
which of course is relevant, pretty much, only to ONE of the 4/5/6/? [take
your pick] Kingdoms.

I wonder how much this old, and only occasionally relevant, idea about the
nature of genetics and hereditability has affected all of our ideas about
the "fundamental" nature of evolutionary processes?

Dave Rindos,
back thinking about somatic selection . . .
which might well be relevant to the recent fascinating discussion on the
nature of linguistic change, and even the original post which prompted the
reply quoted above.

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