Coyne is not an engineer. He’s sort of a glorified fruitfly farmer. He doesn’t have engineering insights and it shows. He’s also one of the most militant ideologues out there ( protesting the appointment of Francis Collins MD,PhD as head of NIH because Collins was a Christian).
Jerry Coyne argues the human eyes is poorly designed:
The human eye, though eminently functional, is imperfect—certainly not the sort of eye an
engineer would create from scratch
the nerves and blood vessels that attach to our photoreceptor cells are on the inside
rather than the outside of the eye, running over the surface of the retina.
The whole system is like a car in which all the wires to the dashboard hang inside the driver’s compartment.
The latest from physics.org
(Phys.org) —Having the photoreceptors at the back of the retina is not a design constraint, it is a design feature. The idea that the vertebrate eye, like a traditional front-illuminated camera, might have been improved somehow if it had only been able to orient its wiring behind the photoreceptor layer, like a cephalopod, is folly.
In light of physicist’s skewering of Jerry Coyne, I reminded of the one thing he said:
In Science’s pecking order, evolutionary biology lurks somewhere near the bottom, far closer to phrenology than to physics.
HT JoeCoder at reddit/r/creation