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The question of how the eye works - that is, what happens when a photon of light first impinges on the retina - simply could not be answered at that time.
The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead, even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion.
The basic structure of proteins is quite simple: they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete subunits called amino acids.
Skin is made in large measure of a protein called collagen.
Since natural selection requires a function to select, an irreducibly complex biological system, if there is such a thing, would have to arise as an integrated unit for natural selection to have anything to act on.
Science is not a game in which arbitrary rules are used to decide what explanations are to be permitted.
Proteins are the machinery of living tissue that builds the structures and carries out the chemical reactions necessary for life.
It was only about sixty years ago that the expansion of the universe was first observed.
It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection.
It is often said that science must avoid any conclusions which smack of the supernatural.
It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover, from observations science has made, that the fundamental mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection, and therefore were designed. But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.
In the 19th century the anatomy of the eye was known in great detail and the sophisticated mechanisms it employs to deliver an accurate picture of the outside world astounded everyone who was familiar with them.
In order to say that some function is understood, every relevant step in the process must be elucidated.
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