Talk:C. H. Waddington

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He was an eugenist[edit]

Conrad Hal Waddington was an eugenist. In fact, he was a famous eugenist, being among the signatores and supporters of the eugenics manifesto in 1939.Agre22 (talk) 12:43, 12 January 2010 (UTC)agre22

Building recently named after him at Edinburgh University[edit]

The new building, part of the Darwin/Swann/Rutherford complex in the Kings Buildings campus will house the Centre for Systems Biology at Edinburgh (CSBE) staff and labs.

References: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:10, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

left leaning citation needed[edit]

This citation request has been here for four years and could easily be resolved. "Left leaning" is not always a specific term and it can suggest what has been called progressive, socialist or Marxist. In Waddinton's book "The Scientific Attitude" (1941) he touched on political topics such as central planning and praised Marxism as "profound scientific philosophy." He hoped that the future would see a society "centralized and totalitarian in the sense that all aspects of the economic development of large regions are consciously planned as an integrated whole." This section of his book should be examined and cited if it turns out be evidence of his "left leaning" inclination--if the fact that he was a eugenicist, which was common among early twentieth century progressives, socialists, and others on the left, does not also lead to evidence of same. Milesnfowler (talk) 16:32, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Dynamical systems theory[edit]

C.H. Waddington's "ontogenetic landscape" and "canalisation" are nowadays discussed in dynamical systems theory as special cases of "Potential landscapes", "attractor landscapes" and "attractors" (trajectories leading toward attractors) respectively. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:35, 3 August 2012 (UTC)


The related German article in Wikipedia on Conrad Hal Waddington states that he was probably a "eugenist" and involved in eugenics. Is this correct? Does anybody know? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:37, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

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