The simple, purposeful touch reinforced what she already knew.
The Design argument elicits from Lotze the criticism that some things look purposeful, but others decidedly purposeless.
Deidre sensed his anger, though his movements were as controlled and purposeful as usual.
Experience forbids our excluding organic activity from natural causes, also our excluding intelligence from purposeful (zwecktdtigen) causes; hence experience forbids our defining the fundamental force or first cause out of which living creatures arose.'
The purposeful character of all these movements or changes of position indicates that they are of nervous origin.
Again, the funeral offerings of food, clothing, weapons, &c., to the dead are absolutely intelligible and purposeful among savage races, who believe that the souls of the departed are ethereal beings capable of consuming food, and of receiving and using the souls or phantoms of any objects sacrificed for their use.
Observer that such perceptions exist, and that they are followed by certain purposeful changes in the plant, sometimes mechanical, sometimes chemical, the object being evidently to secure some advantage for the plant, to ward off some danger, or to extricate it from some difficulty.