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The Mnemic Theory of Heredity

Nature volume 88, page 586 (29 February 1912) | Download Citation



(1) I QUITE agree with Dr. Reid that the mnemic hypothesis does not demonstrate the transmission of acquirements. What I said in my review was that the mnemic theory is based upon a belief in the inheritance of acquired characters—a statement that anyone may verify who will take the trouble to read Prof. Semon's book. I should perhaps have qualified the statement by saying “Prof. Semon's Mnemic Theory”, though personally I cannot conceive of a mnemic theory which is not so based.

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