Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are common in cells. Can a disordered protein regulate a molecular motor?
They reason backwards: Birds evolved, therefore some poorly understood mindless processes must have driven them to evolve.
We looked at some papers claiming to see evolution happening in real time, to see if natural selection has actually invented a new function, or just broke an existing function.
It was Nathan Lents himself who wrote, “I’ve made mistakes, some I caught, others someone else caught. I always correct it the best I can. That’s what honest people do.”
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.