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Nothing we’ve learned since Monod published this book does anything but bolster his position. Scientists often take the objective view but do not usually realize the seeming contradiction of “objectivity”.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He spends a good deal of time explaining the fascinating details of how enzymes, the complex proteins involved in the process of DNA replication, are both created by the DNA and also used by it to perform this task. Dec 10, John Jr.

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Not so with Monod, he does not argue for the possibility of pure objectivity, rather, he postulates it. In effect natural selection operates upon the products of chance and can feed nowhere else; but it operates in a domain of very demanding conditions, and from this domain chance is barred. Study of the control of expression of genes in the lac operon provided the first example of a transcriptional regulation system. 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 very fact of life itself, and what this fact means necesiad us practically, morally and spiritually, as modern humans.

Human teleology is reducible to mechanism. He bases his argument on the evidence of m This radical book by Nobel laureate Monod is an important intellectual event. Necessarily situated and entangled in the many theoretical preconceptions we have of the world? May 31, Ami Iida rated it liked it Recommends it for: If you want to pin Lysenkoism on someone, the obvious culprit jacqjes Lysenko himself, and the next most obvious is his protector Stalin.


The real difference is that living creatures are vastly more complicated.

It is now known that repressor bound to the operator physically blocks RNA polymerase from binding to the promoter, the site where transcription of the adjacent genes begins. Published September 12th jacqued Vintage first published Nevertheless, it has been a worthwhile read.

This view does not negate the dialectic. Yet we have ample examples of nwcesidad people whose intelligence is driven by self-serving ends. A lui la scelta tra il Regno e le tenebre. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

His destiny is nowhere spelled out, nor is his duty. Molecular biologist and Nobel-winner Monod takes a look at necesidaf philosophical significance of evolution and the genetic code.

Jacques Monod

Many have enumerated the gaps in the science of the day on which he based his arguments, although most of the criticism I’ve seen on this point falls under the “dark corners of our knowledge” rubric, the type of pedantic denialism founded on a false understanding of what science tells us and how it does so, and a lack of appreciation for the true depth and breadth of evidence supporting the theory of the spontaneous biogenesis and evolution of life on this planet.

Monod thinks that Christianity, Marxism and all other “animist” neecsidad are equally off-target.

Our existence neatly balanced between random chance as the source of possibilities and the conservative biological computational machinery that winnows those possibilities into survival and growth. Chance and Necessity is a philosophical statement whose intention is to sweep away as both false and dangerous the animist conception of man that has dominated virtually all Western worldviews from primitive cultures to those of dialectical materialists.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To ask azxr readers questions about Chance and Necessityplease sign up. The beauty of the book is that it situates the science of biology and the reality of the evolutionary process within its larger philosophical, historical, and conceptual contexts.

In their model, the manufacture nexesidad 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. It certainly took me long enough. With the unrelenting logic of the scientist, he draws upon what we now know and can theorize of genetic structure to suggest an new way of looking at ourselves.


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He argues that objective scientific knowledge, the only reliable knowledge, denies the concepts of destiny or evolutionary purpose that underlie traditional philosophies. Chi afferma che il contenuto di questo saggio sia una ripetizione delle nozioni contenute nei manuali di biologia molecolare, non mi trova d’accordo.

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. It jacqes been a good long time since I read this book. If true, a system of checks and balances for the organization of society might better reflect the realities of human nature than, say, relying on rational argument and pleas for reason.

Why does he do so? Chance and Necessity 4.

Monod abbozza alcune nozioni fondamentali della biologia, tracciando una breve descrizione dei processi di replicazione e traduzione, ma lo fa in una maniera essenziale e funzionale agli obiettivi della sua opera, volendo dare un supporto chimico alle argomentazioni che introduce sin dal primo capitolo, centrali nella sua trattazione: In both cases, the patterns and symmetries we see come from the mathematical nature of the underlying molecular structures; crystal lattices in one case, DNA in the other.

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 science seemed well founded, and the generalized explanation of how evolution works was readable and understandable.