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  • A (biological) function of stotting by antelopes is to communicate to predators that they have been detected.
  • Eagles’ wings are (naturally) designed for soaring.
  1. vitalistic (positing some special “life-force”);
  2. requiring backwards causation (because future outcomes explain present traits);
  3. incompatible with mechanistic explanation (because of 1 and 2);
  4. mentalistic (attributing the action of mind where there is none);
  5. empirically untestable (for all the above reasons).

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