BCHE 395-1 2014 Intro

Condi1onal ques1ons what what circumstance caused this

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Unformatted text preview: 6.) Capacity to change over 1me, adapt Biochemist: Jack of all Trades •  Dichotomy in Science: •  Physicist and Chemist: Reduc1onist view à༎ no new physical laws are needed to explain life processes •  Everything in a cell is explainable in terms of physics and chemistry –  Moco: “The whole is equal to the sum of its parts” •  Biologist: Organismic view, with cell as irreducible –  Moco: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” Biochemist: Jack of all Trades •  Physicist and Chemist: •  Ask circumstan1al or condi1onal ques1ons à༎ “What?” –  “What circumstance caused this event?” •  Structure is essence of approach •  Biologist: •  Asks purposive or func1onal ques1ons à༎ “Why?” –  “Why has this event occurred?” •  FuncGon is the essence of this approach •  Biologist’s ques1ons are TELEOLOGICAL Biochemist: Jack of all Trades Teleology à༎ Philosophy •  ConsideraGon of the FACT or QUALITY of an event having a PURPOSE –  Has no place in physical science –  EssenGal in considera1on in biology •  Biochemistry uses teleological methods (ques1ons) to describe and elucidate various funcGons of living processes in terms of structure of the cons1tuent chemicals •  Best of both worlds Structure: Func1on: Teleology: Structure: Func1...
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2014 for the course BIOCHEMIST 395 taught by Professor Potenza during the Spring '14 term at NMSU.

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