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October 2, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(14):1135-1140. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780400051017

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Sept. 4, 1937.

Annual Meeting of British Association for Advancement of Science  In his presidential address before the British Association for the Advancement of Science Sir Edward Poulton surveyed the controversy on evolution, which he had witnessed at the meetings of the association since the doctrine was first presented there fifty years ago. Although it was a relatively easy matter to establish that evolution occurs, the causes are extremely complex and even today are a matter of dispute. He supported Darwin's theory of natural selection. From his own experience as an entomologist he brought forward evidence incompatible with lamarckian evolution. In the relation between predatory animal and victim there was commonly no opportunity for the latter to learn by means of experience. The elaborate adaptations by which sedentary insects remained hidden from their enemies were evolved not by contact but by avoidance of enemies. An

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