American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Philosophy One who believes in the doctrine of mechanism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A maker of machines, or one skilled in machinery or in mechanical work; a mechanician.
- n. One of a school of philosophers who refer all the changes in the universe to the effect of merely mechanical forces.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A maker of machines; one skilled in mechanics.
- n. One who regards the phenomena of nature as the effects of forces merely mechanical.
- n. a philosopher who subscribes to the doctrine of mechanism
- From mechanism (Wiktionary)
“Either way, my own amateur suspicion is that something closer to a Russelian monistic view of nature and mind is going to become more popular, while the mechanist/materialist view is going to be quietly brushed aside.”
“Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.”
“In a recent study undertaken in the US by Katy Santiago, a bio mechanist who founded the Restorative Exercise Institute™, participants took part in the 10,000 steps walking programme; which states that people should aim to record ten thousand steps roughly 4 miles of walking in some form each day.”
“Mach was a naturalist and a monist, as well as an anti-materialist in the sense of being an anti-mechanist.”
“Impulse is also fundamental to the corpuscular hypothesis 'explanation of phenomena, being either the exclusive means of interaction among bodies, as adherents of the strict mechanist proviso hold, or the means of at least many interactions.”
“I found it too troublesome to turn to the collection of the British Poets to discover apposite mottoes, and, in the situation of the theatrical mechanist, who, when the white paper which represented his shower of snow was exhausted, continued the storm by snowing brown, I drew on my memory as long as I could, and when that failed, eked it out with invention.”
“Now, you are quite right that many things that have been considered "supernatural" have become considered "natural" after they've been considered scientific long enough (e.g., action at a distance seems pretty spooky and mystical if you are a mechanist).”
“Woodger saw the issues in the mechanist-vitalist debate as more complex than either side admitted.”
“Without HPL's craft -- and yes, without his "mechanist materialism" and his psychosomatic fish allergies -- he could not have revealed Cthulhu to us in just that form.”
“I am somewhat surprised that Joshi doesn't see (and on past form, stridently object to) the hugely obvious negation of "mechanist materialism" in the assumption that mentation and personality (even memory, in Peaslee's case) -- the soul, in other words -- is independent of the physical brain, or even of humanoid brain structure.”
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