Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1093
Author(s):
Richardson, Robert C.
preprint description
Reverse engineering is a matter of inferring adaptive function from structure. The utility of reverse engineering for evolutionary biology has been a matter of controversy. I offer a simple taxonomy of the uses of engineering design in assessing adaptation, with a variety of illustrations. The plausibility of applications of engineering design reflects the specific way the models are elaborated and derived.

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