Category Archives: Formative Causation

The Challenge of Epigenetics

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829)

Dear members,

I thought I would get things started on FCRF with some thoughts on the subject of the science of epigenetics. Once considered scientific “heresy”, the notion that heredity is more than just the underlying DNA sequence, and that adaptations of this kind can be inherited through successive generations, has now been generally accepted by most researchers. Indeed, it invokes a distinctly “Lamarckian” aspect as it implies that traits acquired through experience/action can be passed down Continue reading and add your comment