Recently I read my first steampunk novel, Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass. For those of you who have never heard of steampunk, it is a sub-genera of science fiction that anachronistically fuses Victorian steam powered technology into the digital age.
It occurred to me that Darwinism is “steampunk science.” It is an analog-based Victorian relic trying to make its way in the digital information age. Darwin had no conception of the information problem facing any account of naturalistic evolution. Darwin’s 21st century successors certainly know about the problem, but in 2017 they are no closer to solving it than Darwin was in 1859. Naturalistic evolutionary science has not come remotely close to solving the problem of how the meaningful information on which all life depends can arise in the absence of intelligence. Until it does, it will remain steampunk fiction.