cause-and-effect

Malcolm McMahon cuhes at csv.warwick.ac.uk
Mon Jun 20 04:45:57 EST 1994


In article <CrKCp7.9Ky at mozo.cc.purdue.edu>,
	barani at cc.purdue.edu (barani) writes:
>"a cell becomes cancerous because it can lead to ageing..."
>"certain genes are turned off or turned on because the future 
>generation baby can be healthy..."
>etc.
>
>There is an element of the authors' personal beliefs in these 
>arguments related to cause-and-effect.

This is a familiar cry for scientific "objectivity" of the sort that
led to the long dark night of behaviourism in the psycholigal sciences.
It missed the point that evolutionary processes, like mental processes
are goal directed and can often be best analysed in terms of purpose.

Malcolm




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