Kresta in the Afternoon – January 9, 2017 – Hour 1

+  What Makes Something "Alive?" (2 segments)

  • Description: What is it that makes something alive? The question is actually trickier than you may think, and it’s something that modern Darwinism fails to sufficiently answer. Life is define by purpose and desire – the drive to maintain homeostasis. We’ll talk more with Dr. Scott Turner.
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    • Dr. Scott Turner
      Dr. Scott Turner is a professor of biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He's the author of Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something Alive and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It.
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    • Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It

      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 Desirehelps us bridge the ideological evolutionary divide. (learn more)

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