All the hyperbole shows the fix is in — Wallace has been made safe for scientism and Darwinian reductionism. The academy can breathe easy.
No wonder Alfred Russel Wallace called eugenics “the meddlesome interference of an arrogant scientific priestcraft.”
Despite the notoriety of Wallace in his own day, he remains a comparatively obscure figure in the history of biology.
Was Alfred Wallace a “crazy” crank? Was he an undisciplined “dilettante” bemused by every fringe belief he encountered?
Alfred Russel Wallace took a journey Darwin could not follow. He went from natural selection to natural theology.