James Barham"ID, it seems to me, most naturally predicts convergences of the sort we encounter in human engineering, based on design requirements under similar constraints---such as the streamlining we find in ariplanes (and birds) and submarines (and fish)."
"What I am saying is that teleology is real, it exists objectively in organisms themselves, and that this means that biological matter is active, not inert."
James BarhamBorn in Dallas, Texas, in 1952, I received my B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin, and my M.A. in the History of Science from Harvard University. During 1976--1977, I was a Sheldon Traveling Fellow in Athens, Greece, doing research for a dissertation on Byzantine astronomy. I also lived and worked in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, for four years in the late '70s and early '80s. In August, 1993, I accompanied an international convoy attempting to bring supplies into besieged Sarajevo.CV at KSDE , KS testimony
Over the past twelve years I have produced a series of papers articulating a philosophical viewpoint I call "biofunctional realism." In a nutshell, biofunctional realism draws upon work in nonlinear dynamics and condensed matter physics in order to explain the teleological and normative features of life and mind as objective, emergent properties of the living state of matter.
At Notre Dame, TheBestSchools.org
Bibliography (DOC file)
At the Institute for the Study of Nature
At Red State Rabble
Best known for "Why I am not a Darwinist" in Debating Darwin, From Darwin to DNA
Thoughts on Thinking Matter, on bioessentialism
Theses on Darwin - on teleology
Beyond Darwin and Nietzsche