Paradoxical Life: Meaning, Matter, and the Power of Human Choice

Andreas Wagner


Paradoxical Life: Meaning, Matter, and the Power of Human Choice

Paradoxical Life: Meaning, Matter, and the Power of Human Choice

  • Title: Paradoxical Life: Meaning, Matter, and the Power of Human Choice
  • Author: Andreas Wagner
  • ISBN: 9780300149234
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover



What can a fingernail tell us about the mysteries of creation In one sense, a nail is merely a hunk of mute matter, yet in another, it s an information superhighway quite literally at our fingertips Every moment, streams of molecular signals direct our cells to move, flatten, swell, shrink, divide, or die Andreas Wagner s ambitious new book explores this hidden webWhat can a fingernail tell us about the mysteries of creation In one sense, a nail is merely a hunk of mute matter, yet in another, it s an information superhighway quite literally at our fingertips Every moment, streams of molecular signals direct our cells to move, flatten, swell, shrink, divide, or die Andreas Wagner s ambitious new book explores this hidden web of unimaginably complex interactions in every living being In the process, he unveils a host of paradoxes underpinning our understanding of modern biology, contradictions he considers gatekeepers at the frontiers of knowledge Though we tend to think of concepts in such mutually exclusive pairs as mind matter, self other, and nature nurture, Wagner argues that these opposing ideas are not actually separate Indeed, they are as inextricably connected as the two sides of a coin Through a tour of modern biological marvels, Wagner illustrates how this paradoxical tension has a profound effect on the way we define the world around us Paradoxical Life is thus not only a unique account of modern biology It ultimately serves a radical and optimistic outlook for humans and the world we help create 20100201


Recent Comments "Paradoxical Life: Meaning, Matter, and the Power of Human Choice"

Wagner wrote what i already suspected: life and meaning are intertwined. I found his approach, from biology, very interesting. Mix it with Smith and Berg ("Paradoxes of Group Life") and add some words of your self and you'll see.

I'm not a philosopher and this book is definitely philosophy. I think back to my days in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Dept. at S.F. State, in which philosophical issues such as those addressed in this book, frequently arose: Holism vs. Reductionism; Freedom and Determinism; Circularity vs. Linearity, etc.I finally came up with an image of the helix as a visual framework for dealing with these issues. Two lines of thought, two stances twirling around each other and driving forward at the [...]

An interesting approach, showing the other side of the coin from what we learnt in classroom biology, microbiology, biochemistry and chemistry. Entertaining, and thought-provoking.

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