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Chance adaptations or Intelligent design?

Organs of Extreme
Design and Perfection


Ever think about how different the world would look

The perfection of sight in the human eye

if your eyes weren't so perfect?


How would the world look if your eye couldn't respond to changes in light, motion, or distance, or if you couldn't see color or in such fine detail?

If you've ever used a camera, you know how any error in lighting, focus or motion can ruin a photo. Turning light into even the worst of the above images requires incredible technology.  Eyes are pretty useless unless they are complete and perfected.

So how could eyes "evolve?"


Evolution theory has never adequately explained how organs of extreme design and perfection could "evolve."

Was this problem presented when you were taught evolution?  Even Darwin recognized the challenge it posed to his theory in the chapter entitled "Difficulties of the Theory" in his book "The Origin of Species":
Blinking eye "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."  Charles Darwin, 1859

Now, in the following paragraphs, Darwin postulates how the eye might have evolved through numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect, but is this the most likely or reasonable explanation?  How did simple, blind organisms figure out, from their world of darkness, that:

  • there was "light" to "see,"
  • that it could pass through a "transparent" tissue,
  • to form an upside-down image of objects at different distances by varying the curvature of the tissue,
  • which could be converted into millions of electronic impulses on a retina,
  • so the image could be turned right-side up in the brain, and
  • that two eyes (no more, no less) would be required to determine depth and distance in a three dimensional world?

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Eye Design Book

If you're viewing this page with a 1024x768 resolution monitor, you're seeing 786,432 pixels of light.  A high speed Internet connection typically delivers web content at around 500,000 bytes of information per second.  In comparison, your eye sees about 125,000,000 pixels of light through five distinct kinds of neurons, processing about 10,000,000 point images per second.  Your eye is remarkably efficient, able to produce a signal with only one photon.

How do we realistically explain by chance and adaptation the design and manufacture of an organ that far surpasses the technology of cameras and computers which have taken the collective efforts of mankind centuries to develop?


The Human Eye

Designed with intelligence and purpose,

or

just a lucky adaptation?

Illustration of the Human Eye

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