Updated: Mar 9, 2019
Sean Carroll is a professor of molecular biology and genetics. He is also the
author of numerous books, including The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning,
and the Universe Itself.
That’s quite a broad sweep—the origins of life, the universe, and even meaning
itself?—all from one book, and especially from a guy who, as a molecular biologist,
probably spends a great deal of time looking at reality from underthrough a microscope.
No doubt, one can learn lots of fascinating things by peering into under a microscope,
but to extrapolate from there to the origin of the universe would require quite a leap of,
In his book, Dr. Carroll wrote: “We humans are blobs of organized mud, which
through the impersonal workings of nature’s patterns have developed the capacity to
contemplate and cherish and engage with the intimidating complexity of the world
Blobs of organized mud, huh? If so, then he, too, would be an organized blob of
mud, and so how much credibility could we put in what a blob of mud—organized or
not—says about anything, especially about meaning? From one blob of organized mud