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(Science: biology) The doctrine that all the functions of a living organism are due to an unknown vital principle distinct from all chemical and physical forces.

Was once a term of aristotle pertaining to a cosmic force known as ether that was supposedly giving life to dead things

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Re: Natural selection ends in absurdity or nonsense

... Theres neo-Lamarckism the notion that aquired traits can be inherited, saltation (evolution by jumps via large mutations etc), theistic evolution, vitalism or orthogenesis (internal directed evolution) etc. Neo-Lamarckism and Saltation there is evidence that these do occur and have occured. I suggest ...

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by Forests
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Natural selection ends in absurdity or nonsense
Replies: 26
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Re: Big bang and Evoluion

... promoting a "vitalist" idea. It used to be thought that living beings had a "vital" essence to them that made them alive. Vitalism was, however, rejected soon after a chemist created urea (a biological organic molecule) from inorganic compounds in a test tube without the ...

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by robsabba
Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Big bang and Evoluion
Replies: 75
Views: 72849

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