lined link to go to
1. Vision System Design
Chapter 3. Eye
Chapter 4. Eye
Chapter 5. Optical
Appendix A --
CRIS Speech & SlideShow by Curt
Appendix B - RAPID Speech by Curt Deckert
Appendix C - Comments From Our Readers
Appendix D -
Panicked Evolutionists: The Stephen Meyer Controversy
EYE DESIGN BOOK
Click to Send E-Mail to
Go to Chapter Links -
Appendix B -- Conference Speeches by Curt Desckert
THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF EYE DESIGN
IN THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN CONTROVERSY
(2002 RAPID Conference, October 26, 2002)
For the past 40 years I have been involved in the
creative application of optical and related technology. Over the past 26
years I have worked for more than 100 companies as a technical and management
consultant. During the last 10 years, I have put considerable effort into
researching all kinds of eyes. My R&D experience helps to bring some
reality of eye design into focus. After seeing so much evidence for Intelligent
Design, this research was used to develop the Eye Design Book
Web site that answers and raises many Intelligent Design
and Evolution questions about vision. To make this research more
accessible to students, teachers, the home schooled, scientists, and others
with an interest in eyes, it has been published on the Web
as: eyedesignbook.com. It contains examples of scientific findings
that indicate creative intelligent design in eyes of all kinds. Simply
asking why and how we see can provoke thought in many people. Opinions
and research are technology based for a better understanding of vision.
This web site contains many links to helpful information about eye design,
optics design, eye care, and intelligent design. It makes a case for a
master eye designer who is our Creator God. Here one can enjoy almost
200 pictures and diagrams of many types of eyes. Besides containing many
helpful illustrations, it asks many questions to challenge readers. It
can be used to help people realize that we have a Creative God
who is the Ultimate Intelligent Designer.
Eyes provide a good example of intelligent design
because there is a little of everything (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.).
Eye design may help open the crack that will convince many that intelligent
design should be taught our schools. From my study of eyes there seem to
be a number of design themes that point to an all powerful creative and
practical designer. How scientific are origins by evolution? Fortunately
our relationship with God is not dependent on present-day science which
is still evolving.
Darwin did not have a complete theory that included
detailed knowledge of eyes. And he certainly did not have a good explanation
for evolution and reproduction of complex eye designs. Thus, it is probable
that he knew very little about the complexity of vision and its reproduction,
as we know it today. Most of the significant early physicists had no problems
with a belief in the Creator. Infrastructures for simulation of evolution
are far more advanced today than in Darwin's day so we should be able to
offer some proof of difficulty.
The following story may illustrate much of the present
state of science:
A group of scientists, including a physicist,
biologist, biochemist, etc., approached God and said, "Listen, we've decided
we no longer need you. Nowadays, we can extract stem cells, clone people,
transplant hearts, build very large sources of energy, manufacture talking
robots with eyes, build sensors of all types, and make biological changes
that were once considered miraculous."
God patiently heard them out, and then said,
"All right. To see whether or not
I am needed, why don't we have a little man-making
"Okay," the scientists said.
"Now, we're going to do this just like I did
back in the old days with Adam," God said.
"That's fine," replied the scientists and they
bent down to scoop up some dirt.
"Whoa!" God said, shaking his head in disapproval.
"Not so fast! You get your own dirt!"
Design is a word that infers intelligent input. In
this story the scientists were going to supply a limited amount of intelligence.
From an intelligent design perspective, design is also evident in the mix
of elements within dirt (periodic table), life, DNA codes, total system
design, orderly reproduction of life, healing, the biological tolerances
that allow micro evolution, and the increasing human intelligence. We all
know that there is a very low probability of life happening without a designer.
Could we even invent and build a reproducible insect with eyes without
using a part of existing life? (see web site)
We also have to admit that man can invent characters
or AI robots that can see and talk, but they do what they are told. Designing
a person with free choice is a different issue with significant risk, but
the potential rewards of that person showing regard for the Creator is
significant. Eyes, other senses, and their software make life richer; but
the spiritual dimension provides hope, purpose, and better explanations
to students for life itself.
Intelligence is required to control and process
optical image information from the eyes of each creature, to be of any
value to that creature. Genetic specifications or data codes will probably
explain how information is used for reproduction and repair of eyes. Chemical
processing provides for consistency in a wide variety of materials for
different eye parts. Precision material variations, complex configurations,
and orderly cell arrangements are necessary for image clarity. Even small
material or shape deviations can cut down the eye's resolution by a significant
amount. One has to understand detailed mathematical models of eye optics
to appreciate this and the necessary complexity (see web site).
The Biblical model provides an orderly explanation
of origins that even children have been able to understand for years. We
need to convey unity on major issues and reduce the priority of issues
that do not have eternal implications. Ever since Adam and Eve, scientists
(or man) have been trying to make a case against a creator God. Followers
of Creator God, the master designer, have continued to survive every generation
of scientists. Many scientists who presently follow God have truth, ethics,
purpose, and hope for life beyond the limited dimensions that other scientists
or people presently experience. This is evidenced by what is known about
creation around us, early Biblical writings, traditions, other historical
writing, and the large number of followers of God who have given, or are
willing to give, their lives for His purpose. Over much of recorded history,
this belief has cost millions of them their lives. This is strong evidence,
and it agrees with evidence of intelligent design, changed lives, and hundreds
of Biblical predictions that have come true throughout recorded history.
Speculations before recorded history are difficult
because of some possibility of changing parameters such as speed of light,
weather, and other universe dynamics. These issues have little impact on
our intelligent design discussions involving eyes. Although discussions
on the age of the earth are interesting, they can deflect us from core
issues that deal with the souls of many people.
Present-day science and theology present different
holographic images of creation so we need to resolve the differences. Both
sides will provide more resolution as we learn more and future students
will benefit. By human reasoning, the explanation of the digital nature
of DNA will provide some encouragement to consider intelligent design in
our schools. Evolution has an important, but limited role, with respect
to the extent of life variations within the DNA codes. It is difficult
to believe that natural selection would create new eyes, but it does allow
science to study variations within created incremental limits. DNA programming
of cells and materials indicates that very high intelligence is necessary
for the total reproduction of eyes. Each fundamental basic visual system
could be another case of irreducible complexity.
When we consider the marvelous ability of the eyes
of organisms to adapt to a wide variety of adverse circumstances, we ought
to look at the positive intelligent design rather than looking at the negative
reasoning of evolution. Could it be that many evolutionary scientists are
neglecting the origin of intelligence? Why not call natural selection and
mutations what they actually are, the more negative reasons why populations
of organisms adapt to different environments. It seems that trusting the
death, destruction, and competitive factors in adaptation is selling intelligence
design short. Wouldn't it be more intelligent and wiser to concentrate
on the creativity of positive life preserving forces present in living
organisms? Are the forces that often oppose life, which are commonly called
Natural Selection, really creative? These have more probability against
life and survival and adaptation, yet they get credit while important design
issues are neglected or ignored. We can suggest that intelligent design
probability of advanced eye design is far higher than that of evolution.
Common sense should make scientists think, "why are we are blindly going
with the crowd, instead of researching the facts about microbiological
machines, DNA, life, design, creation, reproduction, etc. Just the different
design themes in eye design and construction should make scientists think
about a singular intelligent designer. We should be emphasizing this wonderful
thing called life, with its fantastic reproducible intelligent micro-biological
machines and systems that allow us to see". (
ref: Warren Howard's www.amazingneauty.org)
Perhaps there needs to be a joint effort, including
engineers, scientists and theologians, to better understand origins. There
is a broad range of creation interpretations and theories that need to
be discussed by intelligent people. Then these interpretations need to
be evaluated with respect to present teaching guidelines. Increasing the
spiritual dimension by teaching intelligent design can add objective depth
to the resultant creation/evolution discussions.
Media such as newsletters, web sites, news releases,
letters to editors, etc can be used to get the word out. At a higher level,
lobbying at the state and federal levels could also pay off. Here we should
call on strategic partners of like mind to help convey our message. Depending
on our strategic partners, there may be some cost in doing this because
there is a very wide spectrum of beliefs in the Christian and other communities.
This may require us to build bridges for better understanding. By doing
this we provide a bigger net to capture more people.
Those in the academic community have a responsibility
and a great opportunity to create a foundation for more intelligent design
discussion. Issues of sharing our faith along with intelligent design need
to be addressed. Here humility is an important issue. We must respect the
other persons reasoning, but provide a bridge to intelligent design. This
is going to take some investment. We need to ask what in intelligent design
is beyond the normal power of reason. Here it may be helpful to have market
research or polling information. This could lead to intelligent networking
with a variety of approaches used for news releases, announcements, and
Ph.D., MBA, MSME
Certified Management Consultant
CURT DECKERT ASSOCIATES, INC.
18061 Darmel Place, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Tel. 714-639-0746 or 800-394-0748, Fax 714-639-0746
Also, member of IMC, IEEE, OSA, and SPIE