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58 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 August 2007 09:13PM

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Comment author: royf 02 June 2012 07:35:16AM 3 points [-]

I agree that the word "why" is perhaps not the best choice, but it really stands for "what is the physical mechanism for".

Anyway, what you describe is engineering, not science. A scientist explains the mechanism by which a stone ax can kill a mammoth. An engineer uses this understanding to design a better ax. A craftsman builds the ax. A warrior takes the ax, kills the mammoth, and wins the girl.