Phillip E. put it this way: “Take the ring to Mount Doom where only a miracle will save you and see.” This is one of the key lessons he taught me: dare to win.
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.