According to Halsmer, engineering involves “the creative use of resources and ingenuity to accomplish a purpose or solve a problem.” It does so by creating “affordances.”
He concludes that “evolutionary ‘just so’ stories” are examples of “wishful thinking starved of molecular details.”
This is the refrain of the book: “It is all or death!” “All or nothing!” Half-solutions are no solutions at all.
You do not need to study mutations for thirty years to predict that bombarding plant chromosomes with radiation will not lead to major agricultural advances.
There is increasing wind in the sails of everything-deserves-rights advocacy.