The rational design of biological complexity: A deceptive metaphor

@article{Regenmortel2007TheRD,
  title={The rational design of biological complexity: A deceptive metaphor},
  author={M. V. van Regenmortel},
  journal={PROTEOMICS},
  year={2007},
  volume={7}
}
Biologists often claim that they follow a rational design strategy when their research is based on molecular knowledge of biological systems. This claim implies that their knowledge of the innumerable causal connections present in biological systems is sufficient to allow them to deduce and predict the outcome of their experimental interventions. The design metaphor is shown to originate in human intentionality and in the anthropomorphic fallacy of interpreting objects, events, and the behavior… Expand
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