RE: Design of the eye

Pim van Meurs (
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 21:37:19 -0700

"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting
the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light,
and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have
been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the
highest degree." (Darwin C., "The Origin of Species," 6th Edition, 1928,
reprint, p167).

The usual out of context quotation by a creationist. Thanks Art.

"It turns out that the physical constants have just the values required to
ensure that the Universe contains stars with planets capable of supporting
intelligent life...The simplest interpretation is that the Universe was
designed by a creator who intended that intelligent life should evolve. This
interpretation lies outside science." (Smith J.M. & Szathmary E., "On the
likelihood of habitable worlds," Nature, Vol. 384, 14 November 1996, p107)

And what about this one dear Art. Helen on the discussion group raised some doubts about the validity of this statement. Care to tell us the rest of the story ? I told her that she likely had seen the quote used by a creationist....