By Thomas A.C. Reydon, Lia Hemerik
This publication originated as a Festschrift to mark the e-book of quantity 50 of the magazine `Acta Biotheoretica' in 2002 and the journal’s seventieth anniversary in 2005. In it, 11 formerly unpublished examine papers were amassed that replicate the complete scope of subject matters on which `Acta Biotheoretica' publishes. `Acta Biotheoretica' is a magazine on theoretical biology, released via Kluwer educational Publishers, that has its roots within the Dutch culture of theoretical biology. From the viewpoint of this practice, theoretical biology is known as encompassing a large spectrum of disciplines starting from mathematical biology to philosophy of biology. to mirror the Dutch roots of the magazine, all papers were invited from authors that paintings within the Netherlands. This ebook is aimed toward an viewers of theoretical and mathematical biologists, philosophers of biology and philosophers of technological know-how, and biologists in most cases.
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This perspective is introduced by asking why-questions. Such questions can be legitimately asked (it is said) in biology but not in the physical sciences. This is because of the special character of the process by means of which organisms get their characteristics: evolution by natural selection. e. for which effects) a certain trait/item/activity was selected. Because mere physical objects do not acquire their characteristics through a selection history, it makes no sense to ask why-questions with regard to mere physical objects (see especially Mayr, 1997: 115-116).
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It is thus plausible that the heuristic and cognitive role of metaphors is stronger and more explicit in research contexts than in most popularized contexts. Therefore, once we are used to the presence of metaphor in science, reflections on context may lead to a reversal of the traditional picture: metaphors might well be more important, heuristically and cognitively, in real science than in popularization. And if science explores images more actively, it can also be expected to be a more active source of metaphorical innovation than popularized science.