One word lacking from Daniel Brook's review is "Lamarckian," as in "the inheritance of acquired characteristics." Although that wasn't the only idea Lamarck contributed to the debate about natural selection/evolution, it's the one we all associate with him, because it was wrong.
"Patience, delayed gratification, the ability to work hard, ingenuity, innovativeness, and education": these are all acquired during one's lifetime and are not transmissible to one's offspring. Clark's thesis sounds ludicrous.
Carol V. Hamilton
Nov 21 2007 - 7:47am