• Donald Forsdyke

Your many terms … ‘fertile’ and ‘sterile’ germs, … ‘stirp,’ … ‘residue,’ etc., etc., quite confounded me. … Unless you make several parts clearer, I believe … that very few will endeavour or succeed in fathoming your meaning.

Charles Darwin to Galton (Nov. 7, 1875)

It was time for Bateson to catch-up. Several works of the eminent, written in their dotage, appeared in 1889. There was Darwinism by Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), and Natural Inheritance by Francis Galton (1822–1911). These expanded on ideas the authors had developed in earlier years [1, 2]. While Bateson was traveling, August Weismann (1834–1914) had spoken to the British Association (BA) in Manchester, and now an English translation of his Essays upon Heredity was available [3]. Bateson could hardly have failed to notice these. A reference to Darwinism was in notes Bateson made at that time, but, reflecting disenchantment with natural selection, Wallace was not cited in Materials, the book Bateson authored in 1894. Nat...


Primary Element Pure Line Latent Element Organic Stability Genic Constituency 
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