Erika DeBenedictis’s statement that “organisms are absolutely the most sophisticated machines we know of” is supported by overwhelming evidence.
The measures being taken against the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic owe nothing to evolutionary theory.
It needs no wisdom to stamp “ANIMAL” on the sufferer’s forehead, any more than it does to stamp “DISEASED.”
The argument about whales turns on two points: “Population genetics calculations say no,” and “New fossil find throws the series into disarray.”
Even tissues have to deal with the dead, and like everything else they do, they excel at it. The number of players involved in cell death is truly astonishing.