According to Halsmer, engineering involves “the creative use of resources and ingenuity to accomplish a purpose or solve a problem.” It does so by creating “affordances.”
Yuval Noah Harari quickly gets down to business, unsentimentally shredding Jefferson’s noble phrases.
During the Q&A, an attendee asked why intelligent design proponents don’t just come out and explicitly say the designer is God.
Staddon’s piece is topical, well written, and carefully reasoned. Coyne is of course free to disagree with Staddon’s conclusions.
An attribute of a good sci-fi story is that it should open new vistas for the imagination while, at the same time, not requiring the reader to put up with the preposterous.