Letter | Published:

The Problem of the Autonomy of Life

Nature volume 149, page 551 (16 May 1942) | Download Citation

Subjects

Abstract

IN his extremely interesting review in NATURE of April 11 of “Science versus Materialism” by Prof. Kapp, Prof. F. G. Donnan seems to be playing into the hands of the metaphysicians when he describes radiant energy as a “non-material entity”. From his opening paragraph, Prof. Donnan would appear to accept as a definition of 'materialist' one who regards all phenomena, whether pertaining to living or nonliving things, as solely explainable in terms of “the existing concepts and laws of physics and chemistry” Certainly his rebuke of Prof. Kapp for suggesting that a non-material something else supports the assumption of a “doubly determined” pattern of life, is consistent with such a definition.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

Author information

Affiliations

  1. Hollywood, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey.

    • CHARLES M. BEADNELL

Authors

  1. Search for CHARLES M. BEADNELL in:

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/149551b0

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.