As a biology graduate student, I had seen first-hand some of the alleged evidence for the “fact” of common descent.
My fondest memory of Phil is from a few days we spent together in the early 2000s.
Part of his brilliance was in recognizing that an appropriate challenge to the reductionisms of our age required a thoroughly multidisciplinary approach.
My grandmother once said in my hearing that she would endure any amount of pain, work, and difficulty for five more minutes with Papaw.
He gathered around him people with fresh takes, risk takers, even renegades, scientists who believed that evolution was an incomplete explanation for the patterns of life.