The organization of life: A study of theoretical biology

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Reviews the book, The Organization of Life. A Study of Theoretical Biology by Seba Eldridge (see record 1925-10272-000). The reviewer notes that this work falls into two main divisions, the first dealing with the criticism of anti-Lamarckian hypotheses, the second with an examination of mechanistic and vitalistic conceptions of vital phenomena. As the crucial test-question for all forms of the physico-chemical hypothesis the author regards that concerning action with reference to events remote in space and time. The evidence is applied in refutation of all such conceptions of the organism, with their various epiphenomenal, parallelistic and two-aspect doctrines of mind-body relationships, the doctrine of radical empiricism, and relational theories of consciousness affirming or implying that mental processes are constituted by relations among physical objects. It is concluded that the work under review has value, but its usefulness is likely to be distinctly marred by its defects of style. It is needlessly diffuse and verbose. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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