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1. Pertaining to teleonomy.
2. In psychology, pertaining to those patterns of behavior that are a function of an inferred purpose or motive; for example, a child's behavior pattern may be classified teleonomically by an observer as attention-getting.


(tĕl″ē-ŏn′ō-mē) [″ + nomos, law]
The concept that, in an organism or animal, the existence of a structure, capability, or function indicates that it had survival value.
teleonomic (tĕl″ē-ō-nŏm′ĭk), adjective
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Why there should be life is considered employing a tiered energy flow metric to explain the existence of increasingly complex inanimate and animate matter; a teleonomic description where animate matter exists to enhance entropy production; or a description relying on inherent qualities of the system, i.
purposeful behavior leading to a certain satisfaction of a goal) and replaces it with a teleonomic structure that encourages activity without being bound to any specific meaning or outcome.
Again, we may and should take this goal as teleonomic, not teleological, whatever Hegel's own wider metaphysical commitments may be.
If rather than a totally contingent and random phenomenon evolution has an inherent structure then the difference between teleological and teleonomic becomes mote.
All these representations have emerged and grown up from that minimal mental representation successions bound to the environment information processing, which seems to constitute the basic life-preserving function in the above teleonomic sense given by Pittendrigh.
This result is again consistent with differences between the teleonomic processes associated with constructivist therapy and the more teleological processes associated with rationalist therapy.
This newly conceived nature involves complex, developmentally and behaviorally related, teleonomic programs that emerge from and within a 3.
Does the study of feeding behaviour benefit from a teleonomic framework?
Although intake-rate maximization is argued or assumed to apply in teleonomic models of mammalian herbivore foraging (Belovsky 1978, Owen-Smith and Novellie 1982, Ungar and Noy-Meir 1988, Thornley et al.
Teleonomic guidance involves internal mechanisms that respond inflexibly to proximate environmental conditions (Ch.
The very framework is created as an alternative to the teleonomic standpoint in biology (consider chiefly Monod's conception).
Conversely, I propose that a synthesis should be understood as teleonomic in design.