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By R Sattler

ISBN-10: 3540164189

ISBN-13: 9783540164180

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ISBN-13: 9783642711411

This ebook is an advent to biophilosophy, written essentially for the coed of biology, the practising biologist, and the proficient layperson. It doesn't presuppose technical wisdom in biology or philosophy. in spite of the fact that, it calls for a willingness to envision the main simple foundations of biology that are so usually taken with no consideration. moreover, it issues to the bottomlessness of those foundations, the secret of existence, the Unnamable .,. i've got attempted to additional the attention that organic statements are in accordance with philosophical assumptions that are found in our minds even ahead of we input the laboratory. those assumptions, which regularly harbor robust commitments, are uncovered during the e-book. i've got attempted to teach how they effect concrete biolog­ ical learn in addition to our own life and society. therefore, emphasis is put on the relationship among biophilosophy and organic learn at the one hand, and biophilosophy and the human situation at the other.

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The importance of this resistance factor is often underestimated by scientists because, to a great extent, it works subconsciously as it is characteristic of indoctrination (for example see Barber 1961). Many scientists are not aware of all the facts that contradict a given theory. And those contradictory facts that are more generally known are often "explained away" by ad hoc assumptions or are not taken seriously. Thus a theory can survive and even flourish in spite of the existence of contradictory facts.

22 reasons? So, how can we ever attain certainty in science, be it descriptive, comparative or experimental science? " It is probably fair to say that most present-day philosophers of science would agree. However, biologists appear to be more ambivalent in this respect. If one scans the biological literature, one encounters not seldom authors who try to verify or to prove a hypothesis. Unfortunately, in most cases they do not explicate what they mean. Literally, verification has the meaning of showing the truth.

As a result their natural ability to live freely has atrophied because of the constant culturally reinforced use of these crutches. In that situation it may indeed be unwise to throwaway the artificial support from one day to the next because that might lead to a collapse in cases of extreme dependence and atrophy. But any person who has still some strength can learn to strengthen atrophied abilities again through increased use and thus will succeed to walk without crutches and finally may jump and dance.

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