This is Perry Marshall and I’m long overdue to mention a really great book that came out not too long ago. It’s called The Works of His Hands by Sy Garte.
Sy is a molecular biologist that I met at some science meetings in the last few years. Probably a couple years ago he sent me a manuscript of this book and I read it. I was like, “Dude, you have to get this book published with a good publisher, and you need to really do this justice because this is way above average.”
This is a science and faith book, but it is not like most. In my opinion, most science and faith books are a little starchy or a little too sentimental or they have bad science or whatever. This one was a real gem.
Sy has had some very high-level positions in biology, including government research. He and I really kind of hit it off, but I don’t think I’m being excessively subjective in liking his book.
One of the things that we have in common is we are both fans of the extended synthesis, which is a complete revision of neo-Darwinism, and I think a far, far better theory than whatever everybody is reading about in the texbooks. He’s done a lot of work in this area, and so we speak the same language.
The other interesting thing about Sy – and there’s a podcast that I did with him, by the way, that you can go look up – is he was raised in a Jewish atheist socialist family, and midway through life he had a rather dramatic religious conversion experience.
The way that he puts together the science world and the spiritual world is really very well-done, artful, and quite beautiful. He has a level of transparency that’s just really rare in books like this. A lot of times they’re very propeller-head, but he’s also a guy with a big heart.
It’s a fascinating story with a lot of great science woven in, and a lot of fantastic points that he makes and observations, not just in biology but across a lot of disciplines of science. He’s a very well-read guy.
If you are inclined to appreciate this sort of a book, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best that’s come out in the last 10 years. You can order it off Amazon, here.