Re: Levels of explanation (was Re: Determinism)

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Wed Apr 18 2001 - 18:15:20 BST

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    On Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 08:49:55AM -0400, Wade T.Smith wrote:
    > On 04/18/01 05:52, Robin Faichney said this-
    > >"we have to distinguish
    > >between causation and conceptual framework translation"
    > OK, I know that's your manifesto at the moment, but, I have to admit I'm
    > fuzzy on what 'conceptual framework translation' actually _is_.
    > What is being translated and into what language?

    Genetics, when you get to a certain level of detail, requires the language
    of chemistry, rather than that of biology (biochemistry, microbiology,
    whatever -- you get the idea). Similar translations are required
    whenever we shift between levels of explanation. It's the different
    concepts that apply within them that distinguish between levels.

    Robin Faichney
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