Speaker: Professor William Ayliffe FRCS, PhD - Consultant Ophthalmologist in the NHS and at the Lister Hospital in London
Series: The Dean's Lecture Series
Divine watchmaker or diabolical matchmaker: An introduction to the evolution of the eye.
Location: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
Is it really possible that something as complex as the human eye could have evolved by incremental steps?
Or is it more plausible that divine intervention is the reason for the existence of this most beautiful of organs?
Some eyes are simple. Other eyes, such as the compound eyes of invertebrates are extremely complicated. So complex indeed, that their very existence has been used
as an argument for the existence of a God, an architect, or a divine watchmaker.
The eye caused Darwin particular difficulty. Contemplating the evolution of this organ caused him to have the famous cold shudder prompting creationists to dismiss the theory of evolution.
Yet scientists persisted, considering that evolution by natural selection offered a better explanation for the existence of diverse life forms and complex organs than the ministrations of
a divine designer.
Recent research in many disciplines has started to put together the missing pieces in Darwin's jigsaw.
This lecture will explore the evidence.
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18:00 Lecture begins
Wine and nibbles will be served.
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