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Letter 11891

Darwin, C. R. to Allen, C. G. B.

[before 21 Feb 1879]

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    Read GA's book [The colour-sense] with "great interest". Makes criticisms and suggestions.

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    Cannot believe in GA's theory of the origin of pleasure and pain.

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    Is glad he defends sexual selection;

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    CD finds A. R. Wallace's explanations "mere empty words" and for many years he has "quite doubted [ARW's] scientific judgment".

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    Considers the possible effect of environmental colour on the colour tastes of animals.

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