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clawson July 29th, 2015 2:34am

Is the human eye a product of evolution or design?

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susanr Colorado
07/28/15 8:18 pm

Evolution. If it was designed, it wasn't a very good job.

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susanr Colorado
07/28/15 8:21 pm

No, he didn't.

theW0lf Leader of the Pack
07/28/15 8:30 pm

"To suppose that the eye [...] could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree." (Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species. ch. 6)

clawson Austin tx
07/28/15 8:30 pm

I've read that he confessed it was absolutely absurd to suppose the eye had evolved by natural selection. Even though he believed it was absurd, his belief didn't upend his theory.

theW0lf Leader of the Pack
07/28/15 8:31 pm

Perhaps I misrepresented at first, but he did say that it *could* have been designed, and rather did not come from evolution.

clawson Austin tx
07/28/15 8:31 pm

You're applying a quote out of context to fit your claim. That's not the entire quote. Don't troll.

theW0lf Leader of the Pack
07/28/15 8:32 pm

Your definition of trolling is flawed, and do note the contraction I posted above

susanr Colorado
07/28/15 8:33 pm

Yeah but that's taken out of context. It was preceded by "At first glance..." & then there was more. Take a look at the History of Research section of the Wikipedia article on evolution of the eye, & you'll find more of what he said:

clawson Austin tx
07/28/15 8:34 pm

Aw, man. I saw that after my comment posted. Apologies for being quick to judge; it's almost always a reflex now. :/

susanr Colorado
07/28/15 8:36 pm

Also, saying "Even Darwin said..." something about evolution doesn't put a stamp of final authority on it. Darwin was (sort of) the beginning of evolutionary theory; he was one man with one set of observations, & utterly no knowledge of genes.

theW0lf Leader of the Pack
07/28/15 9:12 pm

Clawson: it's alright ;)
Susan: yeah, I did notice that science has new theories now. I agree that Darwin simply sparked the theory