Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Is vitalism back? James Shapiro's response to the charge that his view is indistinguishable from vitalism
Unfortunately, scientific vitalism, as championed by serious people like Hans Driesch, acquired a bad name in the early 20th century. Reliable observations definitely indicated sensory and control processes at work in embryonic development, wound healing and regeneration following experimental disruption. But the vitalists had no objective way to describe the cellular "home" of these capabilities.