Roger Brent and the Alpha Project (10 Mar 2004)
The Alpha Project is an attempt to say that for biological understanding to be mature we need to be able to predict the consequences of a determined change to a [biological] system, just as we can in mechanics or electricity. In certain kinds of science, we can equate the ability to predict the consequences of perturbation to a system with understanding it. That is, if we can predict what the system will do whenever we push on it in any defined way, we will understand it.
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