chapter  9
Black holes: Jacques Monod and the isolation of 'science'
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Karl Popper's determined narrowing of science could not of itself provide that articulation, because it was too negative. It simply declared by fiat that only certain things could be allowed to count as science, and surrounded them on the map by an area marked terra incognita. The theory of evolution itself was for some time excluded from science as metaphysical, though it is manifestly a historical theory, and this was widely seen as downgrading its importance. For the accidental, temporary isolation of science from other studies, we should read 'the incurable isolation of man'. All religions, nearly all philosophies, and even a part of science testify to the unwearying, heroic effort of mankind desperately denying its own contingency.' If imagination is used within the limits laid down by science, disorder is unimaginable. Jacques Monod's aim is to introduce enough disorder into the cosmos to quash the argument from design altogether.