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My point with the car example was that you don't need *any* concept of
ownership to measure the properties of the intrinsic part(s) of a
system, none.

I think you do and you're using it, you're just not recognizing it explicitly. You need to have some concept which carburator pertains to which car in the relevant way. Key concepts here: pertain, and relevant way. It is this, or rather its analog in the case of biology, that I am pointing out.

we often use the possessive form of verbs to imply association

Not just any association. In different realms we re-use the same form to refer to quite different but highly specific relationship. In the realm of biology there is a certain relationship that holds between body parts and the organism. I pointed it out briefly: the 'glue' that joins the body parts into an organism is biological function. The parts function in concert as a single whole whose biological function ultimately is to produce copies of the whole. This is the relationship which holds among the body parts of a single organism, making them form an organism rather than being only a random collection of bits of matter.

Similarly, the carburetor pertains to that car and not some other car in the relevant way because, and only as long as, the function of the carburetor is to help that car (and not some other car) to go. The relationship is functional in the case of made things as well as biological, though it's a derived function, derived from the intention of the human maker.

Though one is left wondering why you needed several hundred words in a blog comment to point this out.

Depending on what comment you're referring to, maybe because I was addressing you?

Uh, yea, but like isn't that obvious?

Yes, it's obvious. But the thing is, intellectuals have the bad habit of convincing themselves that the obvious is not true or isn't real. And when that happens, it's rather difficult, can take a lot of words, to restate the obvious in a way that allows them to see it again. It takes a lot of effort to convince someone who has previously blinded himself by a herculean effort of intellect, that something is in fact there.

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