Science deserves to be challenged. After all, it is about questioning dogma and almost ceaseless scepticism. But there are those who want to go further, who believe that science deserves a good kicking too. James Le Fanu, a medical doctor and columnist for this newspaper, points out how many details of our lives, from thinking to breathing, are quite astonishing. They are extraordinary for not appearing to be extraordinary.
But there are no more miracles today, he sighs. Science has stripped the world of wonder with its relentlessly materialist, reductionist outlook. Everything is ultimately explicable and there’s nothing special any more. Despite the fact that quackery, strange-ologies and new-age mumbo jumbo seem as prevalent today as ever, Le Fanu declares that the triumph of science “is virtually complete”.