Think, for example, of the late Stephen Hawking and how his fevered pronouncements in his final years were received.
Maybe you’ve watched The Greatest Showman — but have you heard of Barnum’s “What Is It?” exhibit?
The science of peppered moth evolution has been shown to be false. But the pictures and the claims are persuasive.
Evolution, the New York Times lectured, is “No more debatable than the multiplication table.” Sound familiar?
A central problem for theories of unguided evolution has always been the challenge of building complex biological novelties.