Yet, it also introduces and argues for what turns out to be a foundational issue for Braude, the inadequacy of mechanistic theory. As this position is used often in the following chapters, either explicitly or implicitly, I will spend a little time on this argument.
It doesn't matter what the hardware is, whether these traces are physical objects or holographic objects; rather, the problem is that the objects demanded by this kind of mechanistic theory cannot exist.
Oxidative stress and free radical damage is a favoured mechanistic theory
to explain the signs of damage that occur in ageing skin, although, over time, many factors contribute towards the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The dominant theory is neo-Darwinism, formulated earlier in the twentieth century: in addition to claims made in the "weak" definition of evolution, neo-Darwinism asserts that an adequate mechanistic theory of the process is provided by natural selection plus random genetic mutations plus lots of time.
"Chemical evolution" is the name for a number of efforts in the second half of the twentieth century to account for the origin of the most primitive life forms using a purely mechanistic theory and starting with inorganic chemicals.
This mechanistic theory
is that with a given set of antecedent causes the outcome could be reliably predicted.
Accordingly, he has been attempting to construct a mechanistic theory
that will "explain consciousness" in a way that avoids the dualistic "paradoxes" he says plague the traditional view.
Lukac intends to show the unity and interdependence of the English philosopher's thought, describing it as a deductive process from a mechanistic theory
of nature to civil philosophy.
Moreover, they are also disconcerted that psychology pays so little attention to experience itself or reduces it in the pursuit of a unified mechanistic theory
. Such an approach to consciousness cannot be complete, and certainly should not be extended uncritically.
Others have highlighted the need for more mechanistic theory
to bridge the gap between community and individual processes.
Although the fundamental dynamics shifted to quantum dynamics from Newtonian, the atomic, mechanistic theory
of gases is the accepted contemporary underpinning for the thermodynamics of matter.
acknowledges that there is no mechanistic theory