- 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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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.
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!)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The reader will need to think and ponder and perhaps re-read a number of passages to grasp the author's complex and careful examination of evolution, science and the potential... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul
One of the worlds best scientist who believes in God but also evolution. His idea makes more sense than Adam and Eve!Published 20 months ago by BHilton
Abook I explored in the 50's I hope to gain more understanding in this second re readPublished 23 months ago by karenstaehle
It is a great research material and written from monotheistic beliefs. It explains man's material, intellectual and spiritual existence and his ultimate destiny both from positive... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by D.H.Choudhury
I read this book for the first time when I was 18. My great grandmother had just passed away, and I selected a few books off the bookcase, this being one of the four. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by HumanDestiny
I read this book sixty years ago when I was eighteen. It was awesome then but somewhat difficult for my age. I read it again last week. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by dannyboy