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Darwin Correspondence Project

To [Grant Allen]   [before 21 February 1879]

The transcript of this letter is not yet available online.

Summary

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

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

Is glad he defends sexual selection;

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

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

Summary

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

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

Is glad he defends sexual selection;

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

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

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-11891
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Allen, C. G. B.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11891,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-11891

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