Monday, May 28, 2007

The Blind Watchmaker - chapter 11.

I am not quite sure what the point of this chapter was. Microevolution remains non-contentious, but apparently some have protested this. Macroevolution remains the issue, but the key problems that designers face every day aren't mentioned at all, so they were not even honored with a hand wave dismissal.

Dawkins gave an analogy of the horrific battle at Passchendaele during World War I. To hear someone who experienced that battle would certainly be an unforgettable experience. My impression is that Dawkins has never been in the trenches of design, but merely read about them in some history book. Maybe he will find time in the future to write another book and tell us about the blind watchmaker and how he did his design, but I hope he will spend some time with a watchmaker first.

Links: Chapter 1 & 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 4b, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10.

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