Sketching Biological Phenomena and Mechanisms

  title={Sketching Biological Phenomena and Mechanisms},
  author={Benjamin Sheredos and William Bechtel},
  journal={Topics in cognitive science},
  volume={9 4},
In many fields of biology, both the phenomena to be explained and the mechanisms proposed to explain them are commonly presented in diagrams. Our interest is in how scientists construct such diagrams. Researchers begin with evidence, typically developed experimentally and presented in data graphs. To arrive at a robust diagram of the phenomenon or the mechanism, they must integrate a variety of data to construct a single, coherent representation. This process often begins as the researchers… CONTINUE READING