Our ability to adapt to fantastically diverse circumstances did not result from the happenstance of environmental conditions.
The quote for which Lewontin has become best known appeared in his 1997 review of a book by Carl Sagan.
Something immaterial can’t have an effect on the material realm, presumably, so how would it be selected as advantageous by Darwinian natural selection?
One might call the 20th century a “philosopher of the gaps” period, with scientists basking in the headlines and philosophy finding less and less to do.
In an excerpt from his new book, Professor Flannery identifies Darwin’s principal failing in developing his theory.