Monod, Jacques Lucien (1910–1976)
In his influential book Chance and Necessity1 (1971), Monod argued that the emergence of life on Earth was the result of a fantastically unlikely sequence of events – "the product of an enormous lottery presided over by natural selection, blindly picking the rare winners from among numbers drawn at utter random." This being the case:
The universe was not pregnant with life, nor the biosphere with man. Our number came up in the Monte Carlo game.A similar view, in which the human race is regarded as the outcome of a chain of accidents and its existence as pointless, has been expressed by, among others, Bertrand Russell and the Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg.
Related entry evolutionary theory and extraterrestrial life
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