See Vital force
- See essential power.
A name distributed by the Lamarckian E.D. Cope to a particular force, or growth-force, which he viewed as current and as exhibiting it self in development of organic beings. -- W.F.K.
The full implications of the group of ideas require, and are likely to receive, much attention in the immediate future of biological investigation, but it is enough at present to point out that until the more obvious lines of inquiry have been opened out much more fully, we cannot be in a position to guess at the existence of a residuum, for which such a metaphysical conception as bathmism would serve even as a convenient disguise for ignorance.