On the Biological Origin of Design in Nature

  • Attila Grandpierre
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 23)


We consider first the most fundamental “design in nature,” the explanatory structure of the universe on the basis of the natural sciences, and the related problem of teleology in nature. We point out that it is necessary to generalize the presently used explanatory scheme of physics. We derive here the first essentially complete scientific world picture and obtain new insights answering to the problem of cosmic design. Considering some important objections against teleology, we present counterarguments and give a new classification of the main classes of teleology and their quantitative complexity measures. Comparing the new classification of teleology with that of Mayr, we give useful examples and indicate why teleology is useful for natural science. As a result, we outline a general picture of the basic types of design in nature and provide their scientific explanation.


Biological Behavior Spontaneous Emission Action Principle Input Condition Algorithmic Complexity 
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4. Acknowledgment

It is a true pleasure for us to thank the inspiring insights and continuous assistance of our friend, Jean Drew, in preparing this work and for lecturing the English of the previous version.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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