Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It

Purpose and Desire What Makes Something Alive and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It A professor biologist and physiologist argues that modern Darwinism s materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end unable to define what life is and only an openness to the

  • Title: Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It
  • Author: J. Scott Turner
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A professor, biologist, and physiologist argues that modern Darwinism s materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end, unable to define what life is and only an openness to the qualities of purpose and desire will move the field forward.Scott Turner contends To be scientists, we force ourselves into a Hobson s choice on the matter accept intentiA professor, biologist, and physiologist argues that modern Darwinism s materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end, unable to define what life is and only an openness to the qualities of purpose and desire will move the field forward.Scott Turner contends To be scientists, we force ourselves into a Hobson s choice on the matter accept intentionality and purposefulness as real attributes of life, which disqualifies you as a scientist or become a scientist and dismiss life s distinctive quality from your thinking I have come to believe that this choice actually stands in the way of our having a fully coherent theory of life Growing research shows that life s most distinctive quality, shared by all living things, is purpose and desire maintain homeostasis to sustain life In Purpose and Desire, Turner draws on the work of Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Darwin revered among physiologists as the founder of experimental medicine, to build on Bernard s dangerous idea of vitalism, which seeks to identify what makes life a unique phenomenon of nature To further its quest to achieve a fuller understanding of life, Turner argues, science must move beyond strictly accepted measures that consider only the mechanics of nature A thoughtful appeal to widen our perspective of biology that is grounded in scientific evidence, Purpose and Desire helps us bridge the ideological evolutionary divide.

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    1 thought on “Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It”

    1. Interesting thoughts, I can see why some materialists would think he is an closet ID guy. He, however, is much like Denton and Nagel and other atheists who just don’t think Chance and Necessity have the power to explain consciousness and beyond

    2. This is a science book for lay people. I would like to give it 4 stars because the writing is engaging, the research is thorough and far-ranging (almost too much) and it addresses the hot topic of how evolution really works. He explores a bazillion theories and sub-theories of evolution and tries to explain how they intersect--and how they don't--and how they might be true --or maybe not. But he never really lands anywhere definitive, and though a definitive stance is perhaps not possible with o [...]

    3. This is a complex but challenging book. I thought I knew Darwinism, but clearly I do not. That varieties that are presented here are astounding. It is a fairly clear delineation of changes that have occurred in Darwinism, but no clear winner presented.

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