Ideas do indeed have consequences, but not all ideas play out the same way or weave their way in the history of ideas toward the same destination.
“This is some pretty mind-blowing stuff,” as host Kutter Callaway says. “So why aren’t we hearing this side of the story on our favorite nature show?”
Some atheists, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, have miscast Newton as a mechanist and a materialist, in their own image.
O’Connell and Ruse’s failure to engage deeply and fully with the historiography of this question makes it hard to take their effort seriously.
There is an infinite number of things that are true that we cannot prove scientifically and never will.