Jefferson thought that there was scientific evidence for design in nature. In 1823, he insisted so in a letter to John Adams.
Yuval Noah Harari quickly gets down to business, unsentimentally shredding Jefferson’s noble phrases.
One takeaway is that, despite assurances to the contrary, modern evolutionary theory is not easily separated from malign currents in American history, currently exemplified by the Alt-right.
Shermer tries to rewrite history by insisting that science is built on atheistic assumptions.
When science is considered the only route to knowledge, scientific experts are given the right to rule, and science becomes totalitarian.