Johnson’s work is not strictly speaking a biography; it is a historian’s assessment of modern evolutionary theory and the man behind it.
Darwin by the late 1870s began to worry about his cozy relationships with noteworthy atheists.
Even since the publication of Ken Miller’s Finding Darwin’s God, the leading spokesman for theistic evolution has claimed to have found deity in “the coherent power of Darwin’s great idea.”
Wallace’s teleological views on nature starkly contrast with those of his materialistic colleague Darwin.
Those readers who have already obtained a copy of the marvelous and insightful Magician’s Twin will notice the fascinating cover design.
The contributors to this volume are to be commended for offering — even amplifying — this prophetic voice to a new generation. The service they perform has never been more important than now.
For Wallace the conditions required for life (much less the complex diversity of life found on earth) were so many that they make the likelihood of extraterrestrial life highly improbable.
Darwinian theory allowed a framework and easy fit into which Hitler’s Nazis could cast their racial program as both scientific and even inexorable.
Why must Wallace suffer the insults of George Beccaloni?
Why develop speaking or extraordinary learning capacities or complex social units when sheer stealth or speed or agility would have sufficed?