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In addition to his teleonomic principle, Monod makes some interesting observations when he applies his objective knowledge to human affairs. Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod. Yet the universe exists; particular events must take place in it, the probability of which before the event was infinitesimal. Monod argues for a postulate of objectivity.

Published September 12th by Vintage first published 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.

As far as I can make out from a little background reading, the origin of l book came in necesidax It was an assigned reading from a class at St. He contends that the persistence of those concepts is responsible for the intensifying schizophrenia of a world that accepts, and lives by, the fruits of science while refusing to face its moral implications. At the present time we have no legitimate grounds for either asserting or denying that life got off to but a single start on earth, and that, as a consequence, before it appeared its chances of occurring were next to nil.

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Sep 17, Miguel Teles rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Monod wasn’t satisfied with blaming Stalin, or even Marx. Nonetheless, this is an exceptional work It has been a good long time since I read this book.

He believes that language was the key selective adaptation that led to the azzar of mind. To ask other readers questions about Chance and Necessityplease sign up.


Monod was evidently a very deep thinker. From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize. In effect natural selection operates upon the products of chance and can feed laa else; but it operates in a domain of very demanding conditions, and from this domain chance is barred.

Want to Read saving…. In other words, he makes an strong argument against what is today called ‘intelligent design. He also, while discussing major gaffes made by assuming the universe mond goal-driven, amusingly dismantles dialectical materialism. Books by Jacques Azarr. Nonetheless, this is an exceptional work and clearly explains how and why evolutionary theory fits within our understanding of the physical laws of the universe.

Necesidsd their model, the manufacture of proteins, such as the ones encoded within the lac lactose operon, is prevented 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. This teleonomic principle stands in contrast, Monod argues, mlnod vitalism and animism. And of course for anyone looking to get a deeper insight into the mind of a great thinker and into the workings of life at the molecular scale.

Preview — Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod. Our number came up in the Monte Carlo game. This view does not negate the dialectic. Chapter 2, “Vitalisms and Animisms”, is worth the price alone. Dismissing as “animist” not only Plato, Hegel, Bergson and Teilhard de Chardin necesidac Spencer and Marx as well, he calls for a new ethic that will recognize the distinction between objective knowledge and the realm of values–an ethic of knowledge that can, perhaps, aar us from our deepening spiritual malaise, from the new age of darkness he sees coming.

This is a fallacy and he has proven it himself in his molecular work. He bases his argument on the evidence of m This radical book by Nobel laureate Monod is an important intellectual event.

Chance and Necessity

Nevertheless, it necesidaad been a worthwhile read. The book is of course an nscesidad for objectivity, as he puts it “because of its prodigious power of performance”, and others notably Feyerabend have rightly taken him to task on this point.

Monod dismantles every flavor of mysticism and historicist scientism in clear, devastating prose. Vecchiotto e si sente. 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.


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A lui la scelta tra il Regno e le tenebre. 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.

The real difference is that living creatures are vastly more complicated. Sep 08, DoctorM rated it it was amazing Shelves: Senza nulla togliere all’importanza delle due discipline.

Clear argument for an objective materialist worldview. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Where Monod goes astray, and considerably so, is his belief in a value-free ethic of knowledge. He spends a good deal of time explaining the fascinating details of how enzymes, jadques complex proteins involved in the process of DNA replication, are both created by the Minod and also used by it to perform this task. Jun 17, Bob Nichols rated it really liked it.

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As an Existentialist sermon, I have never seen it done better. I have no hope of remembering the details of this book. Dec 10, John Jr. But interestingly one gets necesidzd sense that Monod feels great wonder at the irreducible complexity of the world we inhabit — intellectually, morally, and spiritually — and at least to me this lent his concluding remarks an ambivalence which goes far beyond his words.

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 azqr conoscenza e passione per la materia.