Purpose and Desire: A New Model for Understanding Life

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 exhibiting purpose and desire to maintain homeostasis to sustain life is the most distinctive quality shared by all living things In Purpose and Desire, Turner draws on the work of Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Darwin revered within evolutionary circles, 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.
Purpose and Desire A New Model for Understanding Life 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: A New Model for Understanding Life
  • Author: J. Scott Turner
  • ISBN: 9780062651587
  • Page: 413
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Purpose and Desire: A New Model for Understanding Life”

    1. This is one of the deepest books I've read in a long time, and I have to admit that the only reason I gave it a 4 inste3ad of 5 star rating is that I am not sure he made his case, though that may simply be that he made his case and I wasn't conversant enough with the material to understand it. The author argues against a totally mechanistic view of life as presented by the most radical of neo-Darwinists such as Richard Dawkins, pointing out that explanations of how life works miss the question o [...]

    2. I gave up. The author was certainly sure he had a brilliant insight, but apparently too brilliant to be explained clearly.

    3. This book is unfortunate in that it turns to the sort of defunct mode of explanation that drove mystical factions of biology in the 19th century. Namely, it is a return to vitalism; the primary difference it that only a part of the soul, intentionality (what cognitive scientist’s would license just at the level of cognitive systems), is called for (rather than the whole -mind or -soul force). However, just as early 20th century scientists were able show mystical thinking to be the only real ex [...]

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