Inadvertent Implied Intent

Zoologists pull their hair when lay people say something along the lines: The pitcher plant evolved purple and brown colouration and a rotting odour to resemble rotting meat in order to attract insects. The problem is language improperly implies conscious planning and cunning. To say that same thing accurately takes several extra sentences. We need new vocabulary to say this both accurately and concisely, suitable for lay use. Perhaps something like: The pitcher plant evolved purple and brown colouration and a rotting odour resembling rotting meat, mindlessly driven by the need to attract insects. where driven gets a precise evolutionary context definition.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)