Earth is not merely hospitable to human beings — it would have to be, otherwise we wouldn’t be here. It also appears to have been very precisely designed to be so, specifically for creatures like us, who were intended from the beginning of the cosmos.
This cosmic fine-tuning is the theme of biologist Michael Denton’s book Nature’s Destiny, but admittedly some aspects of that are a little abstract. Not so when it comes to the way our planet is designed for the use of fire. What could be more intimately relatable? From the automobile you drive, to the computer you’re reading this on right now, to the stove you’ll use later to make dinner — there’s almost no aspect of daily life untouched by it.
But even more strikingly, the design works two ways — our planet was designed to be transformed by fire, and we were designed to accomplish this, with gifts unique to human beings. The new documentary from Discovery Institute, Fire-Maker: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet, brings this fact powerfully home. And Fire-Maker goes on sale today on Amazon! See the trailer here:
We premiered it here in the Pacific Northwest earlier this month, and the film will have its Texas rollout tonight. I’ve pointed out the interesting confluence of themes between Fire-Maker and The Jungle Book, which I see is still at the top of the box office heap, and deservedly so. It’s not for nothing that fire is a nearly universal, cross-cultural symbol of what makes human beings exceptional in nature.
Our friend and colleague Dr. Denton is a brilliant, charismatic thinker who sees the big picture — the biggest picture — in a way precious few other scientists do. Get your copy of Fire-Maker now and share it with friends!