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September 01, 2003


Rand Simberg pointed me to this article about In the Blink of an Eye, a book that expands on Dr. Andrew Parker's contention that the appearance of the eye explains the Cambrian Explosion. I'm going to read the book and get back to you, but here are some good reviews....a Dutch biologist and another by a non-specialist. By a strange coincidence Creationists like to work the "design" of the eye and the Cambrian Explosion into their paradigms. I won't be surprised if Intelligent Design Theorists or Theistic Evolutionists spy The Hand of the Creator in the genesis of the trilobite eye. The resultant evolutionary race that led to our species can surely be shoe-horned into some teleology.

Posted by razib at 06:21 PM

Like all liberals, I'm a big squid enthusiast. They have the fastest response of any creature. They can change color to match their background, and ripple when the background ripples. They can give whales a good fight.

They're the most intelligent invertabrate by far. According to squid researchers, squid can solve problems, and some say they have a sense of humor and play little practical jokes on you. (However, squid researchers are all biassed, because squid are just so darn cute!)

Posted by: zizka at September 1, 2003 11:43 PM