Hey — wanna see a talk that combines the following. Black swallowtail butterflies, William Harvey, snarky robotic aliens from Alpha Centauri, and more.
Here is a small, representative sampling of such claims over the past three centuries. These claims are not from science, but they drive science.
Egnor explains, “Nominalism is the view that universals exist only as concepts in the mind, but not in reality.”
French philosopher René Descartes conceived of living things as complex machines, a concept now known as the “machine metaphor.”
There is an ongoing debate about intelligent design in the Thomist system.