Around 50 BC Titus Lucretius Carus wrote a long treatise against finding purpose in nature.
Cells have perfected action at a distance: not by magic, but by control of distant sites through carefully arranged functional intermediates.
“Follow the science!” we’re told. “Listen to the scientists!” Should we submit to such calls, or insist on thinking for ourselves?
Theoretical physicist Richard Feynman quipped that “science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”
Dyson was careful to take an open-minded approach: not fully endorsing design, yet not rejecting it either.