For those who wish to caricature the theory of intelligent design, Wallace becomes a very inconvenient historical figure.
Wallace was the co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution by natural selection. He later broke with Darwin over the question of teleology.
Boodin’s view that science and metaphysics could mutually inform one another was full of promise.
A primary reason why many biologists never question the standard evolutionary model is their very limited training in mathematics.
The theme of the evening was framed by a question: “Will the Machines Take Over? Human Uniqueness in the Age of Smart Machines.”