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Die Mneme als erhaltendes Prinzip in Wechsel des Organischen Geschehens

Nature volume 88, pages 371372 (18 January 1912) | Download Citation



THE theory of heredity which is associated more especially with the names of Ewald Hering, Samuel Butler, and Richard Semon, and endeavours to explain the phenomena of inheritance as due to a kind of unconscious memory, on the part of the developing organism, of the experiences of past generations, has not, at any rate in this country, met with a very large measure of acceptance. It is a noteworthy fact, however, that in 1908 Mr. Francis Darwin made it the subject of his presidential address to the British Association at Dublin, and expressed views which correspond very closely with those of the authors mentioned.

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