The Contingency of the Laws of Nature

The Contingency of the Laws of Nature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...is it not even more difficult to find a physiological unity of measurement, which will enable us to set up a correspondence between the living and the physical world, as regards the respective relations of the phenomena of both orders? How are we to reduce the diversity of forms and vital functions to one and the same specific unity? And yet the respective variations of two quantities must have been measured, for us to be able to regard the one as a function of the other. Moreover, is not life frequently a struggle against physical forces; and could this phenomenon be conceived if the vital functions were no more than the simple translation of the physical phenomena into another language? In short, is there not an infinite disproportion, especially in superior beings, between the physiological changes and the corresponding physical changes; for instance, between the physiological transition from life to death and the physical conditions of this transition? If every malady is a modification, not only physiological but also physical, is this modification, which is disorder from the standpoint of life, also disorder from the standpoint of matter? We cannot argue from the correspondence existing between the vital and the physical phenomena, and say that the former possess the degree of necessity that subsists in the law of the latter. If the order of the vital phenomena is necessary, it is in themselves that the reason and measure of this necessity abide. The essential laws of life seem to be, like the physical and mathematical laws, an appropriate expression of the formula: Nothing is lost, nothing created. The law of organic correlations presupposes, between the partial functions and the total function, a relation analogous to that between...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488261
  • 9781236488268