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Discussion. A note on Baldwin Effect

J Watkins

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 50, issue 3, pages 417-423
Published in print September 1999 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online September 1999 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/50.3.417
Discussion. A note on Baldwin Effect

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Baldwin Effect, in which there has been a revival of interest in recent years, is disentangled from certain other ideas which, while resembling it in some ways, also differ importantly from it. Baldwin's original idea was that a 'voluntarily' adopted practice which is adaptive can foster, in some non-Lamarckian way, 'coincident variations' that render the practice instinctive and heritable. It is argued that this idea involves a surreptitious slide back to Lamarckism.

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