The New Biology

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

It takes Augros and Stanciu 191 pages to get to their point: that nature is God’s handiwork. Thus, THE NEW BIOLOGY is nothing more than speculation on the divine origin of life. The authors hypothesize that all living beings are endowed with a purpose, which is the essence of life and a unique force seated in the DNA.

They discount reductionism, which says that all sciences are derivable from basic physical principles. This scheme, they claim, is appropriate for “hard” sciences such as physics and chemistry but not for the life and social sciences. The authors also argue that it is not Darwinian natural selection that correctly explains the origin of species but rather the sudden and purposeful changes in “superfluous” DNA, the excess genetic material that is not required for building the organism. Thus, they reduce evolution to an internal, genetic mechanism that is consistent with nature’s observed efficiency, economy, harmony, and purpose and which is directed and shaped by a “Divine Mind.”

THE NEW BIOLOGY is an odd mixture of ecology, evolutionary biology, and theology. Interestingly, neither author has a background in a life science. Augros holds a doctorate in philosophy and teaches at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Stanciu has a doctorate in theoretical physics and heads the department of science and mathematics at Magdalen College, Bedford, New Hampshire.

THE NEW BIOLOGY is the second in a series by the authors for the New Science Library in which they examine the origins of the “new world view” of the sciences. The next volume, they promise, will develop and explain the connection of the principles of ethics to their concept of nature.