To evolve a protein, Douglas Axe draws a comparison to seeking out — blindfolded! — a particular atom secreted away somewhere in the Milky Way.
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.
Riccardo Sabatini is charming. He has the TED style down (who teaches them all to talk that way?), and he deploys some memorable images.
There is no known cause, other than intelligent design, that can produce machine-like structures with multiple interacting parts.
The ability to produce statistically significant levels of functional information is a unique attribute of intelligent minds.