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Five Monist Papers

Note on Lamarckian Evolution (or what Peirce called Agapism)

"Complex systems have properties that cannot be predicted, albeit that they can be understood with hindsight, and it may well be that the network for some trait (e.g. bone growth or pigmentation pattern) in the offspring has quantitative properties that are very different from those of the parents, not because of new mutations but because the novel mix of the rate constants will yield a trait that is an outlier of the normal distribution (known as a sport in breeding circles). As a result, the offspring may be able to colonise a novel environment far better than its peers. Equally important, this variant will naturally be heritable because it derives from the kinetics of the network (minor variation) rather than additions or losses to the proteins that comprise them [18]. Such immediate heritability within the population is the key requirement for Lamarckian purposes, as Waddington pointed out half a century ago [19]. If this view is correct, it becomes easy to see how something indistinguishable from Lamarckian inheritance can take place."

Jonathan BL Bard. "The Next Evolutionary Synthesis: From Lamarck And Darwin To Genomic Variation And Systems Biology." Cell Communication & Signaling 9.1 (2011): 30-35. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 Aug. 2012.