American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The doctrine of purposelessness in nature.
- n. Purposelessness in natural structures, as manifested by the existence of vestigial or nonfunctional organs or parts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of rudimentary or vestigial organs, apparently functionless or of no use or purpose in the economy of the organism, with reference to the doctrine of purposelessness. The idea is that many useless or even hurtful parts may be present in an organism in obedience to the law of heredity simply, and that such are evidences of the lack of design or purpose or “final cause” which the doctrines of teleology presume.
- n. Any evasion of the functional aim or end, as where an insect punctures a nectary from below without coming into contact with the anthers, thus frustrating the end of cross-fertilization.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) The doctrine of purposelessness; a term applied by Haeckel to that branch of physiology which treats of rudimentary organs, in view of their being useless to the life of the organism.
“In other words, dysteleology is a post hoc inference, not a propter hoc assumption.”
“dysteleology" in view of its philosophic consequences.”
“From your POV does belief in evolution require an a priori commitment to dysteleology?”
“You also failed to answer my second question: "From your POV does belief in evolution require an a priori commitment to dysteleology?”
“Questions about determinism, contingency, teleology and dysteleology are about that way Nature is constructed and functions as a whole.”
“In other words, how can you explain teleology by dysteleology?”
“This outcome was not some master plan to introduce dysteleology.”
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“The proposition as employed against ID is a functional extension of the dysteleology argument against teleological views.”
“It is not a scientific view of mechanism (naturalism) that is contrary to Biblical thinking, but exclusive materialism and its determined dysteleology is" (p.118).”
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