Only Wallace’s postulation of an “Overruling Intelligence” to explain the complexities of humanity and nature has stood the test of time.
Some recent work suggests it all happened at once in a sort of “chemical big bang.”
Nature’s prophet and Darwin’s challenger, Wallace’s effort was to restore nature to the “space-spirit hierarchy” it once knew.
In Wesley J. Smith’s phrase, in the present cultural moment, we have witnessed “the French Revolution attacking the American Revolution.”
We have a lonely hypothesis standing by itself in the center of the room, which no one, including its author, will own as true.