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Engineering Design and Adaptation

Richardson, Robert C. (2002) Engineering Design and Adaptation. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Reverse engineering is a matter of inferring adaptive function from structure. The utility of reverse engineering for evolutionary biology has been a matter of controversy. I offer a simple taxonomy of the uses of engineering design in assessing adaptation, with a variety of illustrations. The plausibility of applications of engineering design reflects the specific way the models are elaborated and derived.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Evolutionary Theory, Biology, Structure, Function
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1093
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1093

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