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Ursula Goodenough

Ed — I wouldn’t claim that we mostly understand the processes of life — happily, since otherwise I’d be out of a job! I would claim, however, that everything we’ve figured out thus far points to the kinds of processes that Terry and I describe in our essay and not to “something else… hitherto invisible dimensions, forces or influences.” This is not, as you note, to claim that they don’t exist — such a claim would not be in a scientist’s vocabulary. A scientist would want to see the data, and while most would agree that first-person experiences are “real,” their interpretation is another matter.