It’s strikes me that this is a difference between design and Darwinian thinking.
Wallace’s formulation of evolution was quite incompatible with Darwin’s. His theory might be called intelligent evolution.
Wallace broke with Darwin and became, arguably, the founding father of modern intelligent design theory.
There’s an undoubted sense of crisis in the air.
Countering “flat universe theory” is Gilder’s enterprise, and it captures much of what we do at Discovery Institute.