Possibilities of Lamarckian evolution,
learning changing genes – educational revolution.
I trace my intellect through historic influences,
charting many rivers to find mind’s rivers confluences.
Lamarckian evolution refers to soft inheritance: the idea that there can be heritability of acquired characteristics. While Darwin gave some, but not total, credence to Lamarck’s ideas, Mendelian genetics saw the abandonment of the theory. However, more recently studies in epigenetics indicate that it might be possible for acquired behavioural traits to be inherited. With this in mind, I’ve partially charted my Lamarkian family tree, which includes mainly the good influences, but with any family there is always the odd black sheep! I intended this as a list poem, but it has evolved into a branch unpoem. Have a go chart your own!
Regarding my comment about Dawkins, here is a link to a recent study that shows that even physical scientists have a teleological tendency (belief in a “purpose” to things) when under cognitive constraints (time pressure), and that this might be a default that has implications for science and culture.