Peter Atkins is right that science can answer the biggest question we can ask. His problem is that he doesn’t like the answer science provides.
Wood here is the creator. Teytelman is the would-be destroyer. He could work with people sympathetic to his view to hold an alternate conference.
Provine was one of those rare people with a strong viewpoint who is still willing to imagine that there is an opposing view that is worth hearing.
A science historian advises teachers that “science is best taught as science is best practiced.”
From Dr. Faizal Ali, it looks like another case of Materialism-of-the-Gaps reasoning.