Single Idea 3504

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 2. Natural Purpose / c. Purpose denied]

Full Idea

Variable secretions of auxin account for a plant's behaviour in following the sun, without any extra hypothesis of purpose, teleology, or intentionality.

Gist of Idea

Chemistry entirely explains plant behaviour


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch.10.II)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.229