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ANC/DTC Seminar: Jim Stone, Psychology, Sheffield University (Host: David Sterratt)

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CANCELLED — The Eye: An Un-Intelligent Design — CANCELLED

What
  • ANC/DTC Seminar
When Dec 09, 2014
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where IF 4.31/4.33
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Apologies, this talk has been cancelled.

Charles Darwin described the eye as, “an organ of extreme perfection”, and when he considered how natural selection could have produced such a complex organ, he confessed to “a cold shudder”. However, even though the eye is almost perfect in some respects (i.e. transmission of Shannon information), the eye's overall design is far from perfect.

Specifically, these imperfections include a lousy lens, fuzzy focusing, risible resolution, thriftless photoreceptors, crummy colour focus (chromatic aberration), blind spots, and back-to-front retinas.

These imperfections will be briefly described, with an eye on just how intelligent the designer of such an instrument would have to be.