mechanistic

Definition

A viewpoint that states that the behavior of complex systems, such as individuals, societies, and economies, are determined strictly by the interactions of the parts or factors of which they are composed. Mechanistic theories are in opposition to philosophies such as vitalism, which claim that the behavior of a system is influenced by a separate or external quality, such as the "spirit" of a nation or the "mood" of an economy.

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  • Of all his achievements, Dave's HAL module was the one dearest to his heart, demonstrating his mechanistic view towards the practicality of self-learning algorithms.

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  • The society seemed to be a mechanistic one and it lacked the qualities that it needed to be a place he wanted to live.

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  • You can take a mechanistic way of thinking when you are starting a new project to try and figure out how to best proceed.

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