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Hodgkin's Law refers to both "Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planet Development", a scientific theory published by the Alpha Centauran scientist Zancmar Hodgkins; and "Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planetary Devolopment", a scientific theory published by the human biologist Doctor Attanasio Evan Hodgkin prior to 2155. T'Pau and Soval discussed Hodgkin's work when comparing Human and Vulcan cultural traits. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)
The noted biosociologist from Alpha Centauri proposed this law on Stardate 0/5303 which stated that similar planets develop similar lifeforms with similar cultures. After a careful study was made, the proposal was approved by the Alpha Centauri Academy of Biosciences and it was transmitted to Terra where it was received 52 months later. (FASA RPG module: The Federation)
In later years, many critics of Richard Galen's Preserver and Progenitor theories cited Hodgkins' law when they noted the widespread development of civilizations. (TOS novel: Federation) However, by the late 24th century, the Palmieri Hypothesis was the more generally accepted of the two theories of how similar cultures arise on different planets. (SCE eBook: Fables of the Prime Directive)