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Human Destiny Hardcover – 1947

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co. (1947)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AR3EA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book as a young man 40 years ago. It treats the evolution of mankind as proceeding thru three roughly chronological stages: physical, intellectual and spiritual, with the ultimate end result of oneness with God. It made a profound impression on me.
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Pierre Lecomte du Nouy was a French scientist who made a contributions to problems involving the interface of physics and biology. This book which comes at the end of his many years of scientific study is a work of spiritual speculation. In it he develops a picture of the overall development of humanity in which the physical laws of entropy operate on the material realm but are compensated for spiritual laws, pointing in the direction of a higher moral order. His work in this sense resembles that of Teillhard du Chardin.
Here is a pssage of Lecomte du Nuoy explaining his fundamental idea.

"Things occur as if energetic order, the decline of which can be demonstrated statistically by the increase of entropy, were replaced by the evolution of organized beings, by an increasingly complex organization in a domain escaping statistical laws, the field of individual actions that do not depend on the principles we announced. The march of the material universe towards an inherent chaos, towards nothing, would therefore be compensated by the simultaneous progression of an imponderable universe, that of the spirit, whose order and perfection would stem from the ashes of the unorganized world'

This is a profound, difficult work one require much thought to understand. My own sense however is that putting much time in this work will prove very worthwhile.
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It's an old book, published just after WWII, so even on a skim through, it's obvious that science has made significant progress since it was written. However, the truth it holds is as universal and unchanging as the nature of man, and the ideas which it puts to the reader are rarely addressed elsewhere. Written from his Christian perspective, but in the terms of the physical world, he casts a net wide enough for both science and spirituality. He treats the rift between religion and science that has simmered since Copernicus, as being non-contradictary. Science vs Religion, evolution vs creation, fact vs faith, these terms are not necessarily mutually exclusionary and all exist together if you can open your mind wide enough to get past the doctrine and dogma of Religion and science.
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I read this book 1 year ago. It was an amazing reading, it has influenced my life more than any other books. This book is for people who does not have faith in God or anti-random as Pierre name Him.In a very objective way, helped by sciences, he brings us to the idea of God but he keeps reminding us that we must think by and for yourself. It deals with telefinalism and want to answer to the questions why are we here and where are we going...Pierre brings us a lot of hope. You don't need any specific knowledge in sciences or philosophy to understand, but be ready to think a lot during and AFTER your reading!
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Pierre Lecompte Du Nouy was, possibly, one of the greatest all round scientists of the 20th century and personified the description of "natural philosopher" in that he was, predominantly, a thinker.

Prof. S Hawkin has said that scientists once knew quite a bit about everything, nowadays they are so specialised that soon we will have a scientist who knows everything about nothing!!!! Lecompte Du Nouy had learning in depth and breadth!

In addition to this he was a man of faith,,, but a faith fed by reason,,, and "Human Destiny" explores not how the universe works, but the why it is.

His style is part scientific report, part science teacher and can, because of this, seem ponderous and pedantic. But one has to bear in mind that he is aiming the volume at a non scientific readership, and a readership of an age where modern physics was still a largely unfathomable idea.

I thoroughly recommend this book to all of open mind who wish to explore the possibility of something more than the materialistic world of today, scientists, theologians and laity alike.

(PS. Lecompte Du Nouy follows this work up with "The Road to Reason" a major critique on the philosophical processes contained in "Human Destiny", well worth purchasing as a companion!)
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Like a previous reviewer, I read and was profoundly influenced by this book shortly after WWII. It seemed to me that DuNouy approached creation more scientifically than any I had read before or since. I undestand that his viewpoint was not based on Christian faith, but one of a prize winning Biologist. After all of these years, I still remember his posing a viewpoint if the world were made up of black and white sugar crys- tals and we were ants. We would see only black boulders and white boulders, all about one-half our size. But if we could over look the scene from an altitude, we would perceive a gray color which the ants could not conceive of. Hence our world view is not limiting God's higher view. This book definitely should be revived and republished. cene from
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The good news is that Du Nouy does a great job opening up new ideas for the reader. As mentioned in other reviewers' comments, Du Nouy does a great job describing perspective and scale the averable human views his world. And how there are many more ways to view this planet and our existence. Du Nouy also knocks 'science' down a peg by explaining how fallible it is even though most scientists present it otherwise.

A part that I particularly didn't agree with were his stereotypes of Christian values versus atheist values. Du Nouy stated at one point that Christian values were superior to atheist values, which isn't a possible conclusion one could reach objectively.

Aside from that it was a great read and I definitely recommend it.
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