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September 12, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

Criticism of Scientific Materialism

“There is a great deal of truth in the mechanical explanation of life. The organs of the body work like machines, as they are subject to a hierarchy of mechanical principles. Biologists pursuing the aim of explaining living functions in terms of machines have achieved outstanding success. But his must not obscure the fact that these advances only add to the features of life which cannot be represented in terms of law manifested in the realm of inanimate nature.”
(Michael Polanyi, The Tacit Dimension, p. 42)

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