We are free to accept ad hoc evo psych explanations if we wish. Like astrology and palm reading, they make good conversation pieces.
Our ability to adapt to fantastically diverse circumstances did not result from the happenstance of environmental conditions.
Darwin’s reiteration here and elsewhere of the phrase “we may confidently believe” veils the tenuous truth-value of what he proposes.
“It seemed to me that there had to be a conductor to this orchestra. But being an atheist, I didn’t think that was possible.”
Harari’s conjecture — “There are no gods” — forms the very basis for everything he says in the rest of the book.