- Title Pages
- Series Foreword
- 1 Lamarck, Darwin, and the Contemporary Debate about Levels of Selection
- 2 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck: From Myth to History
- I History
- 3 Introduction: Lamarckian Problematics in Historical Perspective
- 4 Lamarck, Cuvier, and Darwin on Animal Behavior and Acquired Characters
- 5 The Golden Age of Lamarckism, 1866–1926
- 6 Germinal Selection: A Weismannian Solution to Lamarckian Problematics
- 7 The Notions of Plasticity and Heredity among French Neo-Lamarckians (1880–1940): From Complementarity to Incompatibility
- 8 Lamarckism and Lysenkoism Revisited
- 9 Lamarckism and the Constitution of Sociology
- II The Modern Synthesis
- 10 Introduction: The Exclusion of Soft (“Lamarckian”) Inheritance from the Modern Synthesis
- 11 Attitudes to Soft Inheritance in Great Britain, 1930s–1970s
- 12 The Decline of Soft Inheritance
- 13 Why Did the Modern Synthesis Give Short Shrift to “Soft Inheritance”?
- 14 The Modern Synthesis: Discussion
- III Biology
- 15 Introduction: Lamarckian Problematics in Biology
- 16 Lamarck’s Dangerous Idea
- 17 Behavior, Stress, and Evolution in Light of the Novosibirsk Selection Experiments
- 18 The Role of Cellular Plasticity in the Evolution of Regulatory Novelty
- 19 Evolutionary Implications of Individual Plasticity
- 20 Epigenetic Variability in a Predator-Prey System
- 21 Cellular Epigenetic Inheritance in the Twenty-First Century
- 22 An Evolutionary Role for RNA-Mediated Epigenetic Variation?
- 23 Maternal and Transgenerational Influences on Human Health
- 24 Plants: Individuals or Epigenetic Cell Populations?
- 25 Instantaneous Genetic and Epigenetic Alterations in the Wheat Genome Caused by Allopolyploidization
- 26 Lamarckian Leaps in the Microbial World
- 27 Symbionts as an Epigenetic Source of Heritable Variation
- IV Philosophy
- 28 Introduction: Lamarckian Problematics in the Philosophy of Biology
- 29 Mind the Gaps: Why Are Niche Construction Models So Rarely Used?
- 30 Our Plastic Nature
- 31 The Relative Significance of Epigenetic Inheritance in Evolution: Some Philosophical Considerations
- 32 The Metastable Genome: A Lamarckian Organ in a Darwinian World?
- 33 Self-Organization, Self-Assembly, and the Inherent Activity of Matter
- V Ramifications and Future Directions
- 34 Introduction: Ramifications and Future Directions
- 35 Lamarck on the Nervous System: Past Insights and Future Perspectives
- 36 Lamarck’s “Pouvoir de la Nature” Demystified: A Thermodynamic Foundation to Lamarck’s Concept of Progressive Evolution
- 37 Prokaryotic Epigenetic Inheritance and Its Role in Evolutionary Genetics
- 38 Evolution as Progressing Complexity
- 39 Epigenetics and the “New Biology”: Enlisting in the Assault on Reductionism
- 40 Epigenetic Inheritance: Where Does the Field Stand Today? What Do We Still Need to Know?
- 41 Final Discussion
- Appendix A: Mandelstam’s Poem “Lamarck”
- Appendix B: Mechanisms of Cell Heredity
- Further Reading
The Decline of Soft Inheritance
The Decline of Soft Inheritance
- (p.121) 12 The Decline of Soft Inheritance
- Transformations of Lamarckism
- The MIT Press
This chapter discusses how the field notion and soft inheritance were left out in the genetics program of biology. A morphogenetic field is a “soft,” developmental version of inheritance and one of the most researched in the study of heredity. Cells interact and are organized into morphogenetic fields. These morphogenetic fields form a particular organ and at each generation, fields are established for the creation of body parts. The chapter discusses how the concept of morphogenetic field was dismissed in the study of heredity.
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