Abstract

A superposition of the field of meaning or set of concepts proper to process philosophy and theology upon the field of meaning proper to contemporary biology (in what Mary Gerhart and Allan Russell call "metaphoric process") yields some interesting results for both disciplines. Gene mutations within cells can be philosophically explained as a society of actual entities deviating from the normal pattern of development within the structured society proper to a cell and the different genes at work in it. The notion of supervenience or emergence within biology confirms that developing organisms exercise a form of causation upon their ultimate constituents (actual entities) that is more than and quite different from what these constituents produce on their own through bottom-up causation from moment to moment.

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