Toward a Biology Worthy of Life > The Unbearable Wholeness of Beings > Brief excerpt
A project by Stephen L. Talbott

Different languages apply to the live organism and the corpse (3)

But even without references to thought and perception, it's clear that biologists cannot open their mouths without employing a language of recognition and response, of intention and directed activity, of meaningful information and timely communication, of aberrant actions and corrective reactions, of healthy development leading to self-realization or ill-health leading to death. Yes, all this language sits side by side with the familiar appeals to causal mechanisms. But does it sit comfortably?

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