Pierre Lecomte du Noüy

Pierre Lecomte
du Noüy
1893
1947

French Biophysicist and Philosopher

Author Quotes

The destiny of Man is not limited to his existence on earth and he must never forget that fact. He exists less by the actions performed during his life than by the wake he leaves behind him like a shooting star.

Intelligence alone is dangerous if it is not subjected to the intuitive or rational perception of moral values. It has led, not only to materialism, but to monstrosities.

Obviously, Carnot-Clausius law, sometimes called the second law of thermodynamics, does not apply to living organisms.

Although we must keep all our confidence in our science,we must not blindly believe in its actual almightiness.

The man of science who cannot formulate a hypothesis is only an accountant of phenomena.

Let us admit that no matter how small the chance it could happen, one molecule could be created by such astronomical odds of chance. However, one molecule is of no use. Hundreds of millions of identical ones are necessary. Thus we either admit the miracle or doubt the absolute truth of science.

Evolution... is comprehensible only if we admit that it is dominated by a finality, a precise and distant goal... telefinality orients the march of evolution as a whole and has acted, ever since the appearance of life on earth, as a distant directing force tending to develop a being endowed with a conscience, a spiritually and morally perfect being. To attain this goal, this force acts on the laws of the unorganized world in such a way that the normal play of the second law of thermodynamics is always deflected in the same direction.

The greatest event in natural history was the birth of conscience in the human mind. That was the moment when man put aside his strongest natural instinct, which was self-interest.

Author Picture
First Name
Pierre Lecomte
Last Name
du Noüy
Birth Date
1893
Death Date
1947
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French Biophysicist and Philosopher