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teleonomic

(ˌtiːlɪəˈnɒmɪk)
adj
(Biology) biology relating to teleonomy
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Addy Pross further asks: "What then is the nature and source of life's apparent elan vital, that teleonomic character already evident in a bacterial cell?" (46) Peter Corning proposes the most distinctive property of life is its dynamic goal directedness.
Jacob, 1961, "Teleonomic Mechanisms in Cellular Metabolism, Growth, and Differentiation", Cold Spring Harb.
In modeling of data related to agriculture, asymptotic models are mostly used and these models are classified into three categories, namely teleonomic, empirical and mechanistic models (Thornley and France, 2007).
The reader will become familiar with various interpretations of quantum physics, information theory, and probability theory, along with a few recently developed mathematical postulates such as the "no free lunch" and "conservation of information" theorems, as well as topics in the biological sciences, such as neo-Darwinist and intelligent design accounts of biological complexity, natural selection, teleonomic vs.
(13) Here we can and should distinguish teleonomic descriptions of goal directed behavior or function-serving structures (as in "the sea turtle climbs onto the beach in order to lay its eggs" or "the function of the heart is to circulate the blood") from teleological explanations involving appeal to a predetermined end that explains such behaviors and structures.
A process that owes its goal-directedness to the operation of such a program is what Mayr defines as a 'teleonomic' process, the program being coded or prearranged information that contains, in some manner, the blueprint of the goal and instructions how to use the information of the blueprint.
An experimental and teleonomic investigation of avian brood parasitism.
Haldane famously quipped: 'Teleology is like a mistress to a biologist: he cannot live without her but he's unwilling to be seen with her in public.' (8) This aversion to being associated with anything that implied a causality that was not based on material phenomenon resulted in the creation of the word teleonomic by C.S.
We functionally adhere to this teleonomic epistemological approach inasmuch as it represents the grounds of ecological successful adaptations developed as life-preserving functions and biological processes that were continuously interacted and interchanged between the organism and the environment minute-to-minute and along million years.
The human, as a teleonomic system whose activities are co-ordinated around some end-state which is its identifiable non-conventional good, has a function.
This characterization highlights the essential indeterminacy of human growth and development from a constructivist perspective, echoing the distinction between what Mahoney (1991) referred to as "teleonomic" versus "teleological" processes.
Thus, unless the Jurassic or early Cretaceous intrusions are assigned teleonomic qualities, the structures that can be observed, not from the San Pablo road but either on foot or by boat, and described by Radelli, are obviously and necessarily pre-Upper Triassic in geological age.