As a top science journal tells the story, the Galileo myth is relevant only to attack those who challenge the establishment consensus.
Scholarship on Spinoza in the last decade has increasingly recognized that he opposed the observational (empirical) and mathematical analyses of nature.
It has to do with the difference between interpolation and extrapolation.
During the Q&A, an attendee asked why intelligent design proponents don’t just come out and explicitly say the designer is God.
He lived out his life at his comfortable rural estate, Villa Il Gioiello, on the hillside outskirts of Florence.