[Taxacom] teleology example

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Thu Mar 7 10:58:26 CST 2013

On 2013-03-07 5:38 AM, Jason Robinson wrote:
> How much of the teleology "smuggled into" scientific explanation is a 
> spandrel of the English language?
> I've had this discussion with a few linguist friends and they have 
> indicated to me that they believe the syntactical structure of phrases 
> and sentences in English are more or less pre-adapted to teleology 
> (e.g. "the computer won't let me do this" is something we all say and 
> all understand even though we deny the agency of a computer).


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