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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 04:02 AM
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38. Biology is not reducible to chemistry, but it is constrained by chemistry
That is, there is no biology that violates basic chemical principles, but you need a number of extra principles for biological models. Same goes for the relation of chemistry to physics.

The best analogy I ever heard was that physical laws constrain the sounds that a piano can make (it won't ever sound like a trumpet), but there is no limit to the number of musical compositions that you can play on it, and no physical law can predict them.
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