Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

Creationism's Design Flaws

Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

Creationism's Design Flaws

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"Life's Grand Design" by Kenneth R. Mirer, in Technology Review (Feb. - Mar. 1994), Bldg. W59, MIT, Cambridge, Mass. 02139.

Creationists today tout "intelligent-design theory" as an alternative to evolution. They contend that living organisms have features that are so perfect that they cannot be the result of the random workings of evolution but must be the product of conscious design. However, says Miller, a biologist at Brown University, scientists argue "that complex organisms not only could have evolved through evolution's trial-and-error mechanisms, but must have done so." And it is the errors that constitute the best evidence.

Take the human eye. It is indeed a marvel, Miller notes. "The eye, like a top-of-the-line modern camera, contains a self-adjusting aperature, an automatic focus system, and inner surfaces surrounded by a dark pigment to minimize the scattering of stray light. [The] sensitivity range of the eye, which gives us excellent vision in bright sunlight as well as in the dimmest moonlight, far surpasses that of any film. Its neural circuitry enables the eye to automatically enhance contrast. …

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