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It is interesting that nowhere in this book does Monod talk about human motivation and our emotional make up. Humanity has long been distracted by all kinds of teleological ideas that confuse subjectivity with objectivity.

Clear argument for an objective materialist worldview. We are the initiators of action in the environment that the environment in turn acts upon and both result in our transformation as a species and as individuals.

As an Existentialist sermon, I have never seen it done better. Jul 25, Adam rated it really liked it Shelves: Not so with Monod, he does not argue for the possibility of pure objectivity, rather, he postulates it.

In addition to his teleonomic principle, Monod makes some interesting observations when he applies his objective knowledge to human affairs.

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Everybody should read this. Very much the slim volume that made me fascinated with evolutionary biology. We are to base our actions on knowledge and to attain the best possible knowledge we require objectivity. He also, while discussing major gaffes made by assuming the universe is goal-driven, amusingly dismantles dialectical materialism.

Many have quibbled with his use of the term ‘animism’ as overly broad — nonetheless it expresses a real conceptual condition which has plagued almost every thread of human thought throughout the ages.

This is a fallacy and he has proven it himself in his molecular work. He looks at the philosophical basis of Marxism, which, he persuasively argues, is really just another example of what he refers to as “animism”: Sep 08, DoctorM rated it it was amazing Shelves: Return to Book Page.

In effect natural selection operates upon the becesidad of chance and can feed nowhere else; but it operates in a domain of very demanding conditions, and from this domain chance is barred. We are the ones who give it purpose, based on our billions of years of inherited molecular experience; we must keep our objectivity, and be careful not to confuse facts and values.

He shows how difficult it is to frame clear rules to distinguish them, and concludes that necesjdad is in fact no hard-and-fast difference separating a living creature from a mnood.

Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod

The end products of this are all the various life forms in our biosphere. The dialectical process begins with life, seeking to live and to live well. But I get the impression that he then thought a great deal about how things had got to this point, and qzar the ideas with Camus and other people.

Why does he do so? Dec 10, John Jr. Oct 26, John Parks rated it it was amazing.

Chance and Necessity

Monod, appalled at Lysenko’s mendacious pseudo-scientific nonsense, tore it to pieces. It is true that at the time this book was published it was considered ‘shocking’ because of its claim to have shown exactly how life evolved from purely chance procedures.

His book Chance and Necessity is an investigation of life as a contingent process governed largely by chance, at all levels, from the molecular to the evolutionary to the azaf fact of life itself, and what this fact means for us practically, morally and spiritually, as modern humans. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He contends that the persistence of those concepts is responsible for the intensifying schizophrenia of a world that accepts, and jcques by, the fruits of science while refusing to face its moral implications.

Oct 29, Hom Sack rated it liked it. Jun necesifad, Jens rated it it was amazing Shelves: In later chapters on evolution necesodad language, Monod examines the roots of human intraspecific violence and our instinctive need for teleological jacquse of our existence read: In other words, he makes an strong argument against what is today called ‘intelligent design.

Monod was evidently a very deep thinker. Open Preview See a Problem? He also laments the split in the modern psyche between our reliance on objective knowledge for practical progress and on the older animist systems of values for our moral beliefs.

Want to Read saving…. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Our number came up in the Monte Carlo game. Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod.

Still, overall the book is a fascinating and passionate essay by a scientist looking deeply into the implications of his field of study.