Chance and Necessity

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Chance and Necessity

Post  msistarted on Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:35 am

Chance and Necessity is a 1970 book by Jacques Monod, interpreting the processes of evolution to show that life is the result of natural processes. The basic tenet of this book by Nobel Prize winner Jaques Monod is that systems in nature, such as enzymatic biofeedback loops can be explained without having to invoke final causality.

In this book, Monod adopted the term teleonomic to permit recognition of purpose in biology without appealing to a final cause.

According to the introduction the book's title was inspired by a line attributed to Democritus, "Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity."

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