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Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives

Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262113212
eISBN:
9780262255271
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

The notion of function is an integral part of thinking in both biology and technology; biological organisms and technical artifacts are both ascribed functionality. Yet the concept of function is ... More


Rendering Machinic Life

Natasha Myers

in Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262525381
eISBN:
9780262319157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Practitioners in the life sciences make extensive use of machine analogies to describe molecular structures. This chapter offers an ethnographic account of a particular family of machine analogies in ... More


Euler: From Sound to Light

Peter Pesic

in Music and the Making of Modern Science

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262027274
eISBN:
9780262324380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027274.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Beside his enormous achievements in mathematics, Leonhard Euler was deeply involved in many areas of physics. His early work on music had a direct bearing on his contemporary study of sound, which in ... More


Tuning the Atoms

Peter Pesic

in Music and the Making of Modern Science

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262027274
eISBN:
9780262324380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027274.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, Western

During the nineteenth century, the study of spectra brought the music of the spheres to the atomic level. Anders Jonas Ångstrom’s initial treatment of the bright spectral lines of hydrogen relied on ... More


Analogical Morphophonology

Andrew Garrett and Juliette Blevins

in The Nature of the Word: Studies in Honor of Paul Kiparsky

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780262083799
eISBN:
9780262274890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083799.003.0022
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography

The study of word-based sound patterns has raised a number of critical questions about analogical change and “mechanical” sound change, such as whether sound changes are indeed “mechanical” or ... More


The Human Cooperation Syndrome

Kim Sterelny

in The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262016797
eISBN:
9780262302814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016797.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores the interactions between ecological cooperation (especially, but not only, cooperative hunting); informational cooperation/social learning; and reproductive cooperation. It ... More


Toward the Source of Order

Andrea Moro

in Impossible Languages

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034890
eISBN:
9780262335621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Is language structure influenced by the organization of the physical world as observed by means of our senses? Or is it rather the opposite, namely the structure of language influences our perception ... More


Sensation

William R. Uttal

in Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015967
eISBN:
9780262298902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015967.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter discusses sensation in the context of peripheral processes, as well as sensory coding, psychophysics, complex perceptual responses, and neural–psychophysical comparisons. The ... More


From Revolution to Evolution

Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

in Evolving Enactivism: Basic Minds Meet Content

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036115
eISBN:
9780262339773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036115.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Chapter 3 introduces the contours of REC’s positive program for relating to and allying with other major theories of cognition. In these efforts it aims to provide analyses and arguments designed to ... More


Innovation and Invention from a Logical Point of View

André Ariew

in Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013338
eISBN:
9780262259101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013338.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter provides detailed discussions of cultural innovation from epistemological point of view. It presents two inductive-argument forms—argument by analogy and inference to the best ... More


Methodological Considerations about the Ethical and Social Implications of Protocells

Giovanni Boniolo

in The Ethics of Protocells: Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012621
eISBN:
9780262255301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.003.0017
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This chapter addresses methodological preliminaries in order to influence the logically and rhetorically correct argumentative framework. It specifically explores the strategies along which the ... More


Lamarckism and the Constitution of Sociology

Snait B. Gissis

in Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015141
eISBN:
9780262295642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines sociology as an emerging discipline in Great Britain and France between the 1850s and the 1890s. It considers the transfer of models, metaphors, and analogies from evolutionary ... More


Analog

Derek Robinson

in Software Studies: A Lexicon

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262062749
eISBN:
9780262273343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explains the concept of analogy and provides a consideration of early works on electronic computing. Previous concepts of general purpose and electronic computers are covered in the ... More


Love Story (1950s)

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

in The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037532
eISBN:
9780262345033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In late 1951, Ovshinsky moved to Detroit, where as research director at Hupp Corporation he invented improved automotive components, including electric power steering and an electrical automatic ... More


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