Is Systems Biology a "Rabbit-Centric" approach?
Can the teleological approach offer any insight into biology?
Should "purpose" be purposely ignored?
Let's hear from Systems Biologist Arthur D. Lander.
"What distinguishes systems biology from earlier traditions is the tendency to define importance less in operational terms (e.g., necessary or sufficient to produce a behavior) than in terms of relevance to the goals of a system. In making this leap, systems biology inextricably binds itself to teleology. Indeed, without the presupposition of goals or purposes, the very notion of “system” itself is hollow." -from "Morpheus Unbound: Reimagining the Morphogen Gradient"