Reader Comments

Post a new comment on this article

Throwing out Paley's clock

Posted by rmtakata on 02 Mar 2016 at 18:21 GMT

Yeah, human hand biomechanics is finely coordinated. But so what? Isn't advantageous? Surely it is. Isn't that coordination, at least partially, due to genetic basis? Yeah, it is - there are inherited variation in the fine hand coordination skills. So natural selection is more than sufficient to understanding the human hand 'design'.

Restating old Paley's clock argument brings no contribution to our understanding about origin of the human hand configuration and functioning.


Roberto Takata

Competing interests declared: I have badly projected hands with bulging veins prone to bleed, unsuited for holding heavy objects for long periods, useless midphalangeal hairs, and weak nails that is not a good defensive weapon.