As I stood by the lab doorway, Lewontin — who was sitting right down front — looked back towards the door and caught my eye.
The reason this evidence of “fine-tuning for discovery” is so satisfying to me is not just because it defeats the anthropic principle.
It is comforting to know that Himmelfarb never lost her intellectual acuity or her moral passion on the subject.
What atheists and materialists can’t explain is why this fitness is so special, so unforgivingly precise and intricate, at every stage on the journey to us.
In 1987, a harmless graduate student who wanted to take on the dreadful giant neo-Darwinism might be an entertaining spectacle.