Re: Does God make design tradeoffs?

Dennis Feucht (
Fri, 3 Apr 1998 14:57:55 -0500


You wrote:

>> "But believing in nature's Creator takes faith because he does not
> >(usually, at least) wear his slide-rule on his belt."
> Well, actually, when I was in college, engineers often wore
> slide-rules on their belts. I believe if you were to check now you
> would find they wore engineering calculators. I doubt very much that
> God is still using a slide-rule...

Thanks for the reply! Actually, it was a bit of a stretch for me to expect
that the "slide rule on belt" expression would bring to mind "God does not
wear his heart on his sleeve." What I meant was that God usually does not
go out of his way to signal to us his activity as his; we interpret it as
his by faith. Even when prophets show up to interpret an event, we assess
the veracity of their message.

I had a K&E slide rule, but it was too bulky to be worn on my belt. So I
carried a miniature $2 plastic slip-stick around and used it most of the
time instead. Sometimes high-performance is edged out by user convenience
or reliability, etc. - perhaps like the wiring of the retina. Subtle
criteria often dominate design decisions.

Dennis L. Feucht
Innovatia Laboratories
American Scientific Affiliation Newsletter Editor
Great Lakes Rocket Society
14554 Maplewood Road
Townville, Pennsylvania 16360