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Unformatted text preview: hydrodynamic efficiency in a shark. Evolutionary adaptiveness, functional goals, and equilibrium solutions are various forms of "final causation." Potential problems with these kinds of conceptualization are discussed under the section on teleological explanations. This type of synthesis demonstrates the correctness of a model or theory for something by showing how that theory can make sense out of numerous phenomena which are otherwise intractable to explanation. Example: It was shown that the explanation for credit card debt, flunking out of school, unwanted pregnancy, and substance abuse; were all understood with the discounting function....
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