|E. D. Cope
Organic Evolution: Bibliographical Excerpts.
|"The term mnemogenesis is employed by Professor Hyatt [Proceeds. Boston Soc. Nat. History, 1893, p. 73] to characterize the manner in which kinetogenesis is supposed to produce results in inheritance. I have suggested that the phenomena of recapitulation, characteristic of ontogeny (American Naturalist, Dec., 1889), are due to the presence of a record in the germ cells, having a molecular basis similar to that of memory. This view is adopted by Professor Hyatt. I have already referred to it in the preceding pages. A general statement of this doctrine was made by Mr. Sedgwick in The British and Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Review for July 1863 in the following language: 'For atavism in disease appears to be but an instance of memory in reproduction, as imitation is expressed in direct descent; and in the same way that memory never, as it were, dies out, but in some state always exists, so the previous existence of some peculiarity in organizaton may likewise be regarded as never absolutely lost in succeeding generations, except by extinction of race.' " (Cope, CD (1896) Organic Evolution. Open Court Publishing: London p 492)