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Those Crazy French

Am reading David Hull's "Science as a Process" (excellent so far), and came
across the following interesting footnote:

"Of all the nations with a strong scientific tradition in the second half of the
19th century, France was most immune to the charms of Darwinism.  It remains so
to the present.  For example, Boesiger (1980:309) remarked that in 1974 France
remains a "kind of living fossil in the rejection of modern evolutionary
theories: about 95 percent of all biologists and philosophers are more or less
opposed to Darwinism."

So, is this in fact a true statement?  If so, then under what intellectual
framework have Fench-trained paleontologists worked all


M.J. Murphy

`The shapes of things are dumb.'
-L. Wittgenstein