Functional Complexity in Organisms: Parts as Proxies

@article{McShea2000FunctionalCI,
  title={Functional Complexity in Organisms: Parts as Proxies},
  author={D. W. McShea},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={2000},
  volume={15},
  pages={641-668}
}
  • D. W. McShea
  • Published 2000
  • Biology and Philosophy
  • The functional complexity, or the number of functions, of organisms hasfigured prominently in certain theoretical and empirical work inevolutionary biology. Large-scale trends in functional complexity andcorrelations between functional complexity and other variables, such assize, have been proposed. However, the notion of number of functions hasalso been operationally intractable, in that no method has been developedfor counting functions in an organism in a systematic and reliable way.Thus… CONTINUE READING
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