How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine
A review of Jeremy Taylor
Peanut allergies are rare in Africa, where children are exposed early and often to a variety of microbes that we might regard as old friends.
A review of Edward O. Wilson
We all belong to a collective, evolutionary process in which we, like the ants, work together to build our community and preserve the species.
The grand narrative of evolution
The biological concept of convergence lends credence to a Christian view of providence—and fits with a scriptural account of a story-shaped world.
From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory
A review of Susan Wise Bauer
Microscopes reveal countless worlds inside the world, from cells to tiny structures within cells diligently performing mysterious tasks.
A Brief History of Humankind
A review of Yuval Noah Harari
We wish something would prove beyond doubt that Someone obliged us large-brained, bipedal primates with a breath of consciousness.
Randomness can have purpose
Randomness is distinct from the Greek concept of chance. Conflating the two imports to science the sense that random events are gratuitous.
Many people have an intuition that the natural world shows purpose, order, or providence. Benjamin Jantzen does a marvelous job analyzing the attempts to turn that intuition into arguments.
Stephen Jay Gould regarded science and religion as addressing different kinds of questions. Owen Gingerich goes a step farther with a more nuanced approach.
Evolution and the problem of suffering
For Andrew Elphinstone, human selfishness and violence are not evidence of a world gone wrong. They show a person ripe for transformation.
John Hedley Brooke, retired historian from Oxford, gave what I thought was a brilliant lecture on "The Historical Roots of Modern Science" at the Faraday Institute conference I am attending in Cambridge, England.