REFLECTIONS ON THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE ORGANIC WORLD AND THE ORIGIN OF MAN (A critical evaluation of the Transfonnist Principle) BY J. J. DUYVENE DE WIT, Ph. D. I think it one of the major tasks of biological science to detect the architecture of the living world (past and present) as far as its methods allow to do so. Since its unscientific beginnings, biological thought has had its historical development. The question whether presentday biological thought moves in the right direction is of paramount importance to every biologist. The "scientific conscience" of every biologist worth this name, is permanently confronted with this compelling quest. Two categories are at his disposal in order to try to defect the architecture of the living world: ((1) the verifiable scientllic evidence, and (2) the subjective interpretation of it. It is the latter from which great difficulties arise because interpretation is dominated and guided by suprafactual motives which, consciously or unconsciously, are guided by a philosophical view of totality. Because correct information on this topic is almost entirely lacking in our present system of academical education and independent critical reflection on this crucial point mostly remains in abeyance, most biologists are inclined to
Philosophia Reformata – Brill
Published: Feb 20, 1964
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