I'm not sure why microbiology or mathematics should explore such phenomena, nor how that accounts for philosophy being dead. Perhaps I should clarify the argument with an example. Some time ago I was watching a televised discussion on evolution with, among others, Richard Dawkins (ethologist, evolutionary bioligist, writer) and an Anglican bishop (cleric) being present. At which occasion Dawkins was baffled by the apparent basic lack of understanding by the bishop of evolution. I believe the bishop (I forgot his name) mentioned humans descending from gorillas. At which point Dawkins of course asked: "Why gorillas?" So we see an theologically schooled person struggling with an over 150 year old scientific theory that is at present being taught at high school level. By the way, the quoted text is from the first chapter of Hawking/Mlodinov's The Grand Design (2010). Hawking being theoretical physicist and cosmologist and Mlodinov physicist.