Certain subjects, all posing ultimate questions, reduce much of scientific talk to pablum. Why do you think that is?
Materialist philosopher Joseph Carter denies the existence of teleology in nature, but he is mistaken.
As I noted yesterday, Joseph Carter wrote a fatuous essay in which he denies purpose in the universe and does an amusing dance around the implications that follow.
Aristotelian teleology is, as Joseph Carter points out, manifested by order in nature. More precisely, teleology is consistency: natural processes tend to consistent ends.
Octopuses have an amazing ability to sense and mimic the coloration, shape, and texture of their surroundings.