Purpose And Desire: What Makes Something Alive And Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed To Explain It

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

byJ. Scott Turner

not yet rated|write a review

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 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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$31.14
$34.99 list price save 11%
Pre-order online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

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’...

Dr. J. Scott Turner is a leading biologist and physiologist and professor of biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, New York. The author of The Extended Organism: The Physiology of Animal Built Structures and The Tinkerer’s Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself,...

other books by J. Scott Turner

Afoot and Afield: San Diego County: 281 Spectacular Outings along the Coast, Foothills, Mountains…
Afoot and Afield: San Diego County: 281 Spectacular Out...

Kobo ebook|Feb 20 2017

$25.59$31.99list pricesave 20%
Jacob Artist 60 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about Jacob Artist
Jacob Artist 60 Success Facts - Everything you need to ...

Kobo ebook|May 26 2014

$19.29$24.99list pricesave 22%
Savannah 1779: The British turn south
Savannah 1779: The British turn south

Kobo ebook|Aug 24 2017

$13.89$17.31list pricesave 19%
see all books by J. Scott Turner
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062651560

ISBN - 13:9780062651563

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Purpose And Desire: What Makes Something Alive And Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed To Explain It

Reviews