Johnson takes on the aimless speculation that characterizes so much consensus science today on such issues:
… one should not be able to get away with stating “it is possible that life arose from non-life by …” without first demonstrating that it is indeed possible (defined in the nature of probability) using known science. One could, of course, state “it may be speculated that …,” but such a statement wouldn’t have the believability that its author intends to convey by the pseudo-scientific pronouncement.”(p. 5)
I am so fed up with pseudoscientific pronouncements on the origin of life that I decided to cover all such stories at my Colliding Universes blog, along with speculations about the end of the universe – rather than at Post-Darwinist, where many claims – whether well-supported or not – have at least some basis in fact.
This is a great book for scientists with a background in probability who want to understand why there is a controversy over design in the universe.
Also today at Colliding Universes:
Particle physics: Do electrons have free will?
Origin of life: “Primordial soup” belief undermines traditional spirituality?
Cosmology: I seem to have yanked particle physicist Lawrence Krauss’s chain
Coffee! Greatest sci-fi special effects
Colliding Universes is my blog on competing theories about our universe.