Fully as important as David Gelernter’s personal apostasy is his testimony about what happens to scientists who choose to “judge for themselves.”
At a conference, says Miller, “I removed two parts from a mousetrap (leaving just the base, spring, and hammer), and used that 3-part device as a functional tie-clip.”
Here’s another “incredibly fortunate” thing about the Cambrian explosion and about evolution generally.
The media narrative goes on, and the scientists, when they protest, direct their protests not so much at the media as at the skeptics and mavericks, such as Tour himself.
Douglas Hofstadter argued in much the same vein as Henry Markham, that the brain can be understand in rules-bound machine terms.