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Beyond the Baldwin Effect: James Mark Baldwin's 'social heredity', epigenetic inheritance and niche construction

Griffiths, Paul E (2001) Beyond the Baldwin Effect: James Mark Baldwin's 'social heredity', epigenetic inheritance and niche construction. [Preprint]

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I argue that too much attention has been paid to the Baldwin effect. George Gaylord Simpson was probably right when he said that the effect is theoretically possible and may have actually occurred but that this has no major implications for evolutionary theory. The Baldwin effect is not even central to Baldwin's own account of social heredity and biology-culture co-evolution, an account that in important respects resembles the modern ideas of epigenetic inheritance and niche-construction.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Griffiths, Paul E
Keywords: baldwin effect genetic assimilation cultural evolution developmental psychlogy Lamarckian inheritance
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Professor Paul Edmund Griffiths
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2001
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 14:58
Item ID: 446
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/446

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