The premise at the heart of A Hole in Science is that while science purportedly does it best to explain that life, the universe, and everything is tied into the crucial building blocks of life known as deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA, there are apparently some gaps or “holes” in this science that aren’t easily explained. A Hole in Science attempts to explain some of those holes with some alternative answers and ideas for life and reality.
The book covers a wide range of subjects in science, beginning with a breakdown and explanation of genetics, DNA and the genome project, which was supposed to revolutionize biology with allowing scientists to pinpoint diseases like cancer and diabetes to specific genes. This has not happened. Christopher spends a good chunk of the book discussing this, as well as the nature vs. nurture idea, and posing questions like how identical twins sometimes have some things in common and sometimes not; from a scientific standpoint they are practically identical at the DNA level and should therefore be practically clones in real life.
Christopher also tackles subjects like Einstein Syndrome, with brilliant children that struggle with language and development because they are growing geniuses like Albert Einstein; as well as savants, again putting it in context with the DNA template and how it should all figure out but doesn’t. Then there’s the Flynn effect with the IQ of humanity apparently being on the rise over the last couple of centuries and what this possibly means.
The scientific discussions expressed in this book are certainly interesting ones, and Christopher doesn’t hold back in quoting profusely with various scientists, psychologists and known authors. But it is with his “alternative understanding of life” and those explanations that make the book fall flat. His answer in a word is reincarnation. The reason that DNA doesn’t have all the answers; the reason there are gifted children and savant people in the world is due to the transmigration of the soul and reincarnation. Believability for the reader gets stretched really thin when reincarnation is the answer for why IQs are on the rise, since we’re apparently remembering knowledge from past lives. When it comes to the strange behavior of animals, with the unusual relationships with other completely different animals, and how those animals with strong “personalities” are in fact reincarnated human souls. And the sources Christopher uses for his reincarnation explanations include a source from the 1600s, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and a book about past lives and reincarnation.
The writing is heavy, detailed and complex, but also thorough and well thought out. A bit of a science background will make the book easier to digest and comprehend, and there are certainly some interesting and thought-provoking discussions made in the book about science and the mysteries of life, but when it comes to possible solutions, those presented seem beyond far fetched and lack any real evidence of any kind.
Originally written on April 20, 2016 ©Alex C. Telander.
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