skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-11891

To [Grant Allen]   [before 21 February 1879]

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, Cleveland, Ohio

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11891,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-11891

letter