Dr. Berlinski explores a chicken-and-egg problem facing origin-of-life research, and a blindness afflicting some evolutionists focused on human origins.
“Nobody doubts that natural selection and random mutation is a biological process. What we doubt is that they can generate fundamentally new forms of life.”
Berlinski is at his best as he discusses everything from the Tower of Babel as a metaphor for modern science, to his friendship with Marcel Schützenberger.
These include the philosopher Blaise Pascal, who showed that scientific knowledge on its own could never be sufficient for being fully human.
As Michael D. Aeschliman notes, Lewis powerfully illustrated the shortcomings and dangers of scientism in his final Space Trilogy novel.