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Single Idea 3985

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Biology / 1. Biology]

Full Idea

Biology is not a science like physics, in which one should strive to find 'laws of nature', but a species of engineering.

Gist of Idea

Biology is a type of engineering, not a search for laws of nature


Daniel Dennett (Daniel Dennett on himself [1994], p.239)

Book Reference

'A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind', ed/tr. Guttenplan,Samuel [Blackwell 1995], p.239

A Reaction

Yes. This is also true of chemistry, which has always struck me as minitiarised car mechanics.