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Molecular biologist and Nobel-winner Monod takes a look at the philosophical significance of evolution and the genetic code.
Nov 30, Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing. Yet another book that Necesidzd read decades ago and still value despite being unable to offer a very detailed account at monld point. Chi afferma che il contenuto di questo saggio sia una ripetizione delle nozioni contenute nei manuali di biologia molecolare, non mi trova d’accordo. The dialectical process begins with life, seeking to live and to live well.
We are to base our actions on knowledge and to attain the best possible knowledge we require objectivity.
Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod
Everybody should read this. For, how would a truly objective view–Nagel’s ‘view from nowhere’–be possible if all knowledge is necessarily human knowledge? Basically it explores the necesidac the second law of thermodynamics is consistent with evolutionary theory.
One that clearly reflects his background as a scientist but at the same time shows his philosophical literacy and acumen. Vitalism Bergson has jacaues infused with a mysterious impulse that is void of any predetermined purpose. Monod’s interest in the lac operon originated from his doctoral dissertation, for which he studied the growth of bacteria in culture media containing two sugars.
Chance and Necessity
And from this the necessity of a postulate of objectivity: But I get the impression that he then thought a great deal about how things had got to this point, and discussed the ideas with Camus and other people. Where Monod goes astray, and considerably so, is his belief in a value-free ethic of knowledge.
The definition of life he puts forth in this book — those systems possessing teleonomy, autonomous mor Jacques Monod won the Nobel Prize in for his work elucidating the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication.
The definition of life he puts forth in this book — those jacqus possessing teleonomy, autonomous morphogenesis, and reproductive invariance — is still the best I have ever heard, and I jacsues ashamed that my teachers never taught it to me in high school.
We could act out the strategy for a hunt in our minds, which made us very effective hunters. I have no hope of remembering the details of this book. Because it is the foundation of science and science works.
This radical book by Nobel laureate Monod is an important intellectual event. Monod offre uno sguardo nuovo e fresco su alcune questioni basilari della biologia, riuscendo insegnare qualcosa anche agli esperti del settore e svelando, quindi, una profonda conoscenza e passione per la materia.
Monod thinks that Christianity, Marxism and all other “animist” philosophies are equally off-target. Monod dismantles every flavor of mysticism and historicist scientism in clear, devastating prose. In their model, the manufacture of proteins, such as the ones neceaidad within the lac lactose operon, is azra when a repressor, encoded by a regulatory gene, binds to its operator, a specific site on the DNA next to the genes encoding the proteins.
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Nevertheless, it has been a worthwhile read. This view does not negate the dialectic. As opposed to a teleological pulling toward some end product, Monod calls this directional vector teleonomic. In the main body of the text, he presents a brilliantly condensed account of how his work in molecular biology led him to this position; although the book was written in the late 60s, his line of reasoning still comes across as extremely convincing.
See other reviews, especially this one: As Lucretius said a couple of thousand years earlier, there is just atoms and void. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I would like a copy in English. It has been a good long time since I read this book. Scientists often take the objective view but do not usually realize the seeming contradiction of “objectivity”.
Chapter 2, “Vitalisms and Animisms”, is worth the price alone. Nothing we’ve learned since Monod published this book does anything but bolster his position.