14654Re: Unposted quotes: 2002-2004 #7 (was Unposted quotes: 2002-2004 #6 ...)
- Jul 21, 2005From: "Stephen E. Jones" <sejones@...>
> "Struggling to differentiate himself from Darwin, Spencer saidA valid criticism, given the then current model of blending
> the concept of natural selection was an "untenable hypothesis,"
> basically because of what he called the assumption that it could
> "pick out and select any small advantageous trait; while it can,
> fact, pick out no traits, but can only further the development
> traits which, *in marked ways*, increase the general fitness for
> conditions of existence." Spencer argued that it was not shown
> how the slight variations posited by Darwin actually were
> providing an advantage." (Spencer H., "The Inadequacy of Natural
> Selection," Popular Science Monthly, Vol. 42, April 1893,
> 813, in Caudill E., "Darwinian Myths: The Legends and Misuses of
> a Theory," The University of Tennessee Press: Knoxville TN,
> 1997, p.71. Emphasis in original)
Spencer didn't try to protect evolution against logical arguments.
> "... narrowly failing to become a suitor of the novelistI erroneously said it was George Sand, the other female George,
> George Eliot. (Blackburn S., "The Oxford Dictionary of
inspired Eliot enough to copy the name. I can understand being a
and narrowly failing, but it seems odd to 'narrowly fail to become
IIRC they had a conversation on a boat, but Spencer didn't care
for her looks, which he admitted was something vitally important
(I hope he didn't tell her this to her face).
> (Sheldrake R., "A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis ofI like Sheldrake and had some correspondence with him in the 80's.
> Morphic Resonance," , Park Street Press: Rochester VT,
> reprint, p.25)
He understood that there were problems, but his solutions were not
interesting to me. But 'morphic resonance' is reminiscent of
'vibratory' theory of morphological shape-generation.
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