Yes, rainbows are beautiful, but are they good for anything? Indeed, they have been very important for science.
Hey — wanna see a talk that combines the following. Black swallowtail butterflies, William Harvey, snarky robotic aliens from Alpha Centauri, and more.
Scholarship on Spinoza in the last decade has increasingly recognized that he opposed the observational (empirical) and mathematical analyses of nature.
St. Thomas laid the intellectual groundwork for modern natural science — the absolute distinction between existence and essence.
That Darwinism seems even superficially plausible depends completely on the ability of living things to reproduce themselves without significant degradation.