A scientist (a professor at MIT, no less) shows the emptiness of the popular “science and reason eliminates God” crowd, who don’t seem to deal much with serious science or reason in their approach.
I recently learned that I play a role in Dan Brown’s new novel, “Origin.” Mr. Brown writes that Jeremy England, an MIT physics professor, “was currently the toast of Boston academia, having caused a global stir” with his work on biophysics. The description is flattering, but Mr. Brown errs when he gets to the meaning of my research. One of his characters explains that my literary doppelgänger may have “identified the underlying physical principle driving the origin and evolution of life.” If the fictional Jeremy England’s theory is right, the suggestion goes, it would be an earth-shattering disproof of every other story of creation. All religions might even become obsolete.
It would be easy to criticize my fictional self’s theories based on Mr. Brown’s brief description…
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